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10 Simple Ways to Keep Varicose Veins at Bay

10 Simple Ways to Keep Varicose Veins at Bay

Varicose veins, most often found in the legs, develop when dysfunctional valves within the vein allow blood to collect or pool. This pooling causes affected veins to twist and bulge, leading to leg swelling, discomfort, and other symptoms associated with varicose veins.

It’s not always clear what causes varicose veins; however, likely risk factors include genetics, excess weight, pregnancy, or prolonged periods of standing or sitting, which can influence the circulatory problems that damage vein walls and valves.

Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Gary Nackman and his team at NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center provide advanced, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins.

These treatments address the cosmetic and physical symptoms of varicose veins by closing off the damaged vessel, prompting the body to reroute blood flow to a nearby healthy vein.

While you can help prevent future varicose veins by adopting a few healthy habits, eliminating the damaged vein is the only way to solve existing varicosities. 

However, to reduce your risks of future occurrences, the NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center team recommends you try these simple steps to improve circulation and vein health:

1. Keep moving

Regular exercise, particularly activities that engage the calf muscles, can help improve blood circulation in the legs and reduce the risk of varicose veins. Simple exercises like walking, cycling, or swimming can be incredibly beneficial.

2. Elevate your legs

Encourage blood flow back to the heart by elevating your legs above heart level whenever possible, which can help alleviate swelling and reduce the pressure on your veins.

3. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing

If your job requires long hours of sitting or standing, take breaks and move around every one to two hours. Flexing your leg muscles can help keep blood circulating properly.

4. Maintain a healthy weight

Excess weight puts added pressure on your veins, increasing the risk of developing varicose veins. You can reduce this risk by maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

5. Wear compression stockings

Compression stockings improve circulation by applying gentle pressure to the legs. They can help prevent swelling and discomfort associated with varicose veins, especially during long periods of standing or sitting.

6. Eat a balanced diet

A healthy diet rich in fiber and low in salt can help reduce the risk of developing varicose veins. Additionally, foods high in flavonoids, such as citrus fruits, berries, and leafy greens, may help strengthen vein walls.

7. Stay hydrated

Drinking adequate water is essential for maintaining healthy circulation. Strive to drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

8. Quit smoking

Smoking can restrict blood flow and damage blood vessels, increasing the risk of varicose veins. By quitting smoking, you can improve your overall vascular health and reduce the likelihood of developing varicose veins.

9. Include leg exercises in your daily routine

Simple leg exercises such as ankle circles, leg lifts, and calf raises can help improve circulation and strengthen the muscles that support your veins. And you won’t need the gym since you can perform many of these exercises without leaving your desk.

10. Listen to your body

Pay attention to any symptoms or changes in your legs, such as swelling, heaviness, or discomfort. Take steps to address these issues before the underlying problem worsens.

Schedule an evaluation at NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center today by calling our Oradell or Clifton, New Jersey, office or requesting an appointment online.

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