Can one really prevent venous insufficiency?
If you have a family history of venous insufficiency, you may not be able to prevent it. There are steps you can take to lessen your chances of developing the condition:
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Avoid long periods of standing or sitting: If you must take a long trip and will be sitting for a long time, flex and extend your legs, feet, and ankles about 10 times every 30 minutes to keep the blood flowing in the leg veins. If you need to stand for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to sit down and elevate your feet.
- Exercise regularly. Walking is especially beneficial.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Elevate your legs while sitting and lying down, with your legs elevated above the level of your heart.
- Wear compression stockings.
- Take antibiotics as needed to treat skin infections.
- Practice good skin hygiene.
If you think you have the potential of venous insufficiency, then talk to a certified phlebologist about treatment. Dr. Mathai at Premier Vein Specialists can provide you with the proper recommended treatment to help lessen the chances of developing the condition.
Call Premier Vein Specialists today. 717-412-7226