While genetics is connected to the development of varicose veins and spider veins, there is still plenty you can do to ease the pain and discomfort they cause, as well as prevent further problems. We want you to know how diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes can mitigate leg pain and discomfort from varicose and spider veins while also improving your overall vein health.
Confer with a Doctor
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from existing vein issues or think you may be developing problems, make an appointment to be checked. Prepare beforehand by noting any family history with vein problems, making a list of your symptoms and questions you have about your health.
In the meantime, be gentle and mindful about how you treat your legs and feet. Go easy on the heels, avoid standing or sitting still for long periods without walking around and shifting weight, and avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time. When you are at home relaxing, take a load of your feet and legs by elevating them above your heart.
Lifestyle Changes to Implement
The good news is that there are several actions you can take to reduce your chances of developing varicose and spider veins in the first place. These same measures will also ease the pain and discomfort for those who already have the condition:
- Exercise regularly – to improve leg strength, circulation and vein strength.
- Eat low-sodium and high-fiber foods – will help reduce leg swelling and constipation.
- Control weight – to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
- Don’t stand or sit for long periods – move around at least every half hour and shift weight when standing for a long time.
- Don’t cross legs while sitting – especially over long periods.
- Elevate legs – when relaxing.
- Avoid high heels – especially for long periods of time.
- Wear support hosiery – and avoid tight, restrictive clothing.
According to the Mayo Clinic, in addition to the many lifestyle changes, there are some alternative therapies that have also proven helpful in improving vein health by helping the return of blood to the heart. These include:
- Butcher’s broom
- Grape (leaves, sap, seeds and fruit)
- Horse chestnut
- Sweet clover
Abella Health is a unique practice which provides primary care, with a specialization on cardiac and vein care. Dr. Manuel Abella is an Interventional Cardiologist and Vein Specialist who has been practicing in the Miami area for 23 years. We offer personalized medicine featuring physician and nurse practitioner accessibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins, and are experiencing pain or other problems, we can help. Contact us to learn more. Our professional staff provides the most comprehensive range of treatments and diagnostic testing in the area.