Varicose veins are most commonly due to the presence of incompetent valves in the leg veins- leading to reflux disease of the superficial veins.
Home Treatment for Varicose Veins
- Elevate your feet – Varicose veins are weakened veins that lack the strength they once had to return blood to the heart. Veins in the legs are the most susceptible, for they are the farthest and straight downhill – from the heart. Using pillows or an easy chair, raise your legs up above hip level whenever they are aching and the discomfort should start to go away.
- Wear support hose – They help provide relief. these stockings, available in pharmacies and department stores, resist the blood’s tendency to pool in the small blood vessels closest to the skin. Instead, the blood is pushed into the larger; deeper veins, where it is more easily pumped back up to the heart.
- Combine the power of gravity and support hose – Do this exercise and repeat throughout the day as often as needed. Slip on your support hose, then lie flat on your back and raise your legs straight up in the air, resting them against a wall. Hold this position for 2 minutes. This allows the blood to flow out of the swollen leg veins back toward your heart.
- Wear sensible shoes – Varicose veins are discomforting enough to the legs. Don’t give your gams extra troubles by wearing high heels or cowboy boots.
- Watch your weight – Added body weight means more pressure on your legs, one reason why pregnant women often suffer varicose veins. Keep your weight down as much as possible.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes – Tight garments, particularly a girdle that is too tight or panty hose that are too constricting in the groin area, can act like tourniquets and keep blood pooled in your legs.
- Quit smoking – A report from Framingham Heart Study noted a correlation between smoking and the incidence of varicose veins. The researchers conclude that smoking may be a risk factor for those with varicose veins.
- Take a walk – Prolonged sitting and standing can cause problems in your legs because the blood in your legs tends to pool. A little bit of walking can often prevent this pooling.
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