Self-care measures that may decrease discomfort of symptoms and severity of venous disease may include the following:
Exercise: Keep your legs moving. Walking regularly is ideal. Walking activates the calf muscle, the pump that moves blood more vigorously through the veins, and reduces pooling of blood in the legs.
Watch your weight and diet: Eat a diet appropriate for your caloric needs. Don’t over eat. Losing excess pounds reduces unnecessary pressure on your veins. Consume a diet higher in fiber and reduce salt intake.
Avoid extended periods of standing or sitting: Change your position frequently to encourage unrestricted circulation. If traveling, make it a point to stretch, stand up, shake out and move.
Elevate your legs: Take opportunities to elevate your legs at the end of the day to relieve swelling and other symptoms.
Check your clothing: Avoid items that are too tight or restrict blood flow around your waist, groin or legs. Refrain from wearing high heels. Low-heeled shoes are beneficial in activating the calf muscles and are better for your veins. Consider wearing graduated compression stockings, which improve circulation in your legs. Our staff at the Laser Vein Center can assist you in finding a good fit in a style you like.
Don’t sit with your legs crossed: Crossing your legs can slow the circulation to and from your lower legs, increasing circulation problems.