For many people, the winter months are not a particularly favorite time of year. Between the cold weather and the shorter days, it’s hard to stay motivated to do anything other than cozy up with a good book or a great movie.
If you suffer from varicose veins, winter can be even more problematic as the season can make vein problems worse. As the temperatures drop, it’s important to make vein health a priority so your varicose veins do not affect your daily routine.
How Cold Temperatures Impact Veins
First, let’s start with some good news – colder temperatures can have a positive impact on vein health. When your body is cold, veins shrink making it easier for valves to function properly. This may help reduce swelling and discomfort related to varicose veins.
The cold weather, though, does bring challenges for varicose vein patients including:
- Sedentary Lifestyle: Overall physical health is directly linked to an active lifestyle. Numerous studies show that even 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day can lead to a longer life span and a strong body. Winter exercise can be difficult when it is cold outside, but it’s critical to find ways to stay active to promote healthy veins. Lack of exercise can directly impact your health.
- Weight Gain: Not only does exercise drop in the winter, but we also indulge in sweet treats and favorite holiday dishes causing a few extra pounds to show up on the scale. One of the biggest risk factors for varicose veins is weight gain. Additional weight creates more stress on your legs making it harder for your heart to pump blood through your body. If it’s too cold outside for a walk, try to find alternate exercises that you can do in your home.
- Changes in Atmospheric Pressure: When temperatures drop, atmospheric pressure also changes. This change in pressure can have an impact on your body and cause your circulatory system to become less efficient. A healthy circulatory system helps to prevent varicose veins and when it is compromised, can cause vein health issues.
Tips to Stay Healthy in the Winter
If you are at risk for varicose veins, don’t let the winter months make it worse. There are several ways you can prevent varicose veins, or reduce your discomfort including:
- Elevate your legs at least once a day.
- Eat high-fiber foods to promote good circulation.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, even just walking up and down the stairs in your home, or by practicing gentle yoga or stretching.
- Wear compression stockings designed to decrease pressure from the ankle up to the leg.
Varicose Vein Treatment in York and Hanover
If you are experiencing varicose veins and the discomfort associated with them, now is the perfect time to seek treatment. Vein clinics offer treatments that can address your symptoms and offer relief. At Premier Vein Specialists, we offer a free, confidential vein health screening and assessment and can provide a recommended treatment plan.
Treatments for varicose veins are minimally invasive and do not require a hospital visit. Even more, most treatment plans are covered by insurance. To schedule your free health screening with Dr. Mathai, call us at 717-412-7226 to schedule an appointment, or fill out our free health screening form. We are here to help you love your legs again!
At Premier Vein Specialists, your health is our priority. Our offices in York and Hanover only admit one patient at a time, and we follow all health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.