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This Simple Change Can Help You Get The Legs You Want

By DuPage Medical Group Vascular Surgery

You might be embarrassed by your varicose veins, but they are nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, over 40 million people in the United States suffer from varicose veins. Eating foods high in salt content and being overweight can contribute to the formation of varicose veins; however, some people get them simply from having weak veins, regardless of what they eat or how often they exercise. No matter what caused your varicose veins, there are simple and painless ways to lessen their appearance and soothe pain from venous inflammation.

Your Circulatory System and Varicose Veins

Did you know that your veins receive very little help from the pumping action of your heart? Your veins push blood back to the heart through muscle contraction (from activities like walking) and one-way valves. Valves can weaken from extra pressure and the general wear and tear that happens as you get older. Veins in your legs are especially prone to becoming worn out since they work so hard to move blood against gravity. Worn out valves in your leg veins can allow back flow and pooling of blood, causing veins to bulge.

A Simple Change Can Help Your Legs

An easy way to help your veins out is to elevate your legs which lessen the effect of gravity on them whenever possible.

  • Make your arteries do the hard work for a while by putting your feet up on a coffee table or ottoman while relaxing in the evening.
  • Make it a habit by sitting in a reclining chair with your feet up, or when laying down on the couch, put your feet up on the couch arm.
  • If you read in bed, try elevating your legs by adding a few extra pillows under your feet.
  • Crossing your legs can put excess pressure on leg veins, so try to stay away from that position.

Elevate and Exercise

You can also practice a few leg exercises while your feet are elevated that can help your varicose veins. Point and flex your feet by bending them at the ankle 10 to 15 times. Rotate your feet at the ankle and change direction every 30 seconds. These easy exercises can improve circulation and take further pressure off your veins.

Treating Varicose Veins at Work

A lot of people have jobs which put them at a desk most of the day, which isn’t exactly great for your varicose veins. If you are able, try using a small box or ergonomic lift to elevate your feet while you sit at your desk. You can even do the same exercises listed above under your desk! Make sure you get up and bend your legs at the knee a few times every hour to relieve pressure that may have built up. Make sure you don’t sit all day, take a walk around the building every few hours to help your blood circulate.

Control your varicose veins with these simple methods of elevation and low-impact leg exercises.

If you have tried these methods and are still unhappy with the look of your legs, contact DMG’s Vein Clinic. DMG’s board-certified vascular surgeons and dermatologists are highly trained and able to offer multiple solutions for varicose vein treatment including endovenous laser therapy.

 

Topics and Subtopics: Arteries & Veins

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