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What you can do

We all want to enjoy healthy and active lives but with all the tasks of work and family we may forget about maintaining the health of our legs.

Problems with the veins of the leg occur in both men and women of all ages but certain factors increase the risk of venous problems. Health conditions, lifestyle habits, heredity, injury, surgery, age, and pregnancy all play a role.

While you are unable to control heredity, age, surgery and changes during pregnancy, you can improve lifestyle factors through exercise, good posture, avoiding inactivity, choosing good fitting clothing and footwear, and wearing gradient compression hosiery that is right for you.

Varicose veins can be unsightly, painful and are often associated with tired, aching legs. Fortunately, varicose veins can be treated by surgery and minimally invasive procedures. While a procedure can eliminate a varicose vein, it cannot prevent future varicose veins from developing–because a procedure doesn’t address the underlying factors that caused veins to become diseased in the first place. These factors include sitting and standing for long periods of time, heredity and hormones. Using gradient compression stockings on a regular basis can reduce swelling and discomfort, and dramatically slow the development of additional varicose veins over time, preserving the beautiful results of any vein procedure.

Compression stockings can slow the progression of venous disease and the recurrence of varicose veins. Compression therapy alone is not enough.

Three easy actions can help you maintain the health of your leg veins: exercise, elevation, and wearing gradient compression hosiery. Regular walking, swimming or cycling works the calf and thigh muscles. Contraction of these muscles helps the return of venous blood from the legs back to the heart.

Checklist

  • Elevate your feet above the level of your heart whenever possible.
  • Draw letters of the alphabet with your toes once each hour when sitting for extended time.
  • Avoid long periods of standing or sitting.
  • Avoid crossing your legs, wearing high-heeled shoes or tight-fitting clothes.
  • Lose excess weight.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption during flight
  • Avoid hot baths and excessive exposure to the sun
  • Avoid overindulgence in saunas and solariums
  • Avoid dehydration