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How to Prevent Varicose Veins

May 31, 2008
If you are at risk for developing varicose veins, you need to educate yourself on what you can to do to avoid them. Not only are they very unattractive, varicose veins can cause ulcers of the lower legs which can lead to infections. So read on to discover ways that you can avoid varicose veins.

Varicose veins are large purple looking veins that develop mainly in the legs, more specifically in the calf area of the leg. They will look like huge cords or ropes and protrude significantly from the skin. These protruding veins can become very painful and some may develop into ulcers that will be very hard to heal.

So what measures can you take to avoid developing varicose veins?

First of all, get plenty of exercise. Walking and other types of activities can increase the blood flow in your legs to keep the blood from pooling in the veins.

Be very careful to watch your weight and watch what you eat. Obesity will produce added pressure on your legs which can contribute to varicose veins. Eating a poor diet that makes you retain water can add to the problem also. Keep your weight under control and eat a healthy diet with plenty of low salt food and fruits and vegetables.

Try to keep from sitting or standing for long periods of time. You should make it a point to change positions every 30 minutes or so to improve blood flow. If possible, take a short walk or break every 30 minutes to stimulate blood flow throughout your body. If you sit a lot, try to avoid crossing your legs. While this may be very comfortable for you, it will interrupt the blood flow in your legs.

Take note of what you are wearing. High heels do not work the calf muscles like low heels do. Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes around your waist and groin areas. This can cut off the circulation to the lower body and increase your risk for varicose veins.

Elevate you legs several times a day. If possible, lie down on the floor and place several pillows under your legs to elevate them above your heart. This will improve your venous circulation and increase the blood flow in your legs.

You may want to purchase a pair of compression stockings to wear if you are in a job that requires you being on your feet all day. These stockings will steadily squeeze your legs all day, therefore increasing blood flow throughout your legs. These stockings can be purchased at your local pharmacy or your doctor can write you a prescription for compression stockings. Just be sure to get the ones that fit you properly. If you require help, ask someone in the pharmacy to help you with your choice. Compression socks for both men and women are also available if you prefer to wear socks.

So there you have several ways to reduce your risk for developing varicose veins. Use these preventive measures and you may never have to worry about varicose veins!
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