How can I prevent varicose veins?
There is no way to prevent varicose veins, and once spider and varicose veins develop, there is no way for the body to cure them. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent these problems from spreading and alleviate symptoms. Regular exercise promotes healthy circulation and also slows the development of new varicose and spider veins. Diet, lifestyle changes, dietary supplements, and other natural alternatives can also help add to good leg vein health, including:
- Eat a high fiber diet to prevent constipation
- Don’t wear tight clothes
- Elevate legs at bedtime (about 6 to 12 inches above the heart)
- Avoid crossing your legs
Following these measures is the best defense against the spread or development of these vein problems.
Wearing graduated compression stockings is often the first approach to try before moving on to other treatments. Compression stockings are worn all day long. They steadily squeeze your legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood toward the heart more efficiently. The amount of compression varies by type and brand.
Some people think of compression stockings as being uncomfortable and unstylish, but their bad fashion reputation is no longer deserved. Stockings today come in a variety of strengths, styles and colors. With the variety offered, you’re likely to find a stocking that you’re comfortable wearing.
It is important for compression stockings to be custom fitted to provide a steady pressure gradient promoting venous return to the heart and to prevent venous congestion. Compression stockings are sold at medical supply stores and are also available for fitting and purchase at the Muskoka MediSpa and Vein Centre. Prices vary, and stockings generally last from 4 to 6 months and are covered by many insurance plans.