For Patients Who Suffer from Vascular Conditions
Patients ask us what can they do to help prevent future varicose and spider veins from developing. It is important to know that varicose and spider veins are not always preventable. Sometimes the causes can be from certain lifestyle patterns or heredity.
How You Can Prevent Spider & Varicose Veins
- Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins on the face.
- Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible. This can help reduce chances of varicose veins.
- Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
- Don’t cross your legs for long times when sitting.
- Regular exercise can improve leg strength, circulation & vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
- Don’t strain during exercise or lifting heavy objects.
- Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time. If you must stand for along time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around, take short walk every 30 minutes or pump your calf muscles.
- Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber foods. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. High-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, like bran. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
- Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.
- Avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin or legs.
- Wear graduated compression stockings fitted by a professional.
Would you like to discuss your vein health with a specialist? Take advantage of Premier Vein Specialists FREE Screening. It’ll give you an opportunity to meet our staff and talk with Dr. Mathai about your concerns. Contact us today to schedule your no obligation free screening. Call us at 717-412-7226.