Seven Everyday Ways to Help Treat Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort to people who suffer from them. And while we provide cutting-edge varicose treatment in London, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some simple home and everyday methods that can help reduce the discomfort.
Simple Remedies That Can Help Battle Varicose Veins
One of the best ways to help manage varicose veins is exercise. Not only will increased exercise help your overall health, but it also helps blood circulation which in turn, can assist blood movement within your veins. Another added benefit of regular exercise is that it will reduce blood pressure which can be a cause of varicose veins.
Such things as elliptical workouts are great since they offer a low impact activity, which will not put a lot of strain on your legs and calves but will nonetheless provide them with a great workout. Some other low-impact exercises you can try are walking, stationary or regular biking, yoga, and swimming. If you are just starting these activities remember to ease into them and work your way up.
Rubbing & Massaging
Another great and easy way to get your blood flow going is by massaging and rubbing down your legs. Now, remember, you never want to put pressure directly on the vein as this can harm tissue and exasperate the issue.
Try to use this as a time to relax, and if possible, using oils or body moisturiser can help when massaging your legs. Listening to calming music is a great way to help you relax and focus on improving your rubdown and blood flow.
Your diet can also play a role in treating varicose veins. Foods that are rich in potassium such as almonds, cooked spinach, apricots, and others can lower your body’s water retention. While increasing your potassium, you also need to lower your intake of foods that are high in sodium or salt as they will make your body retain water (which is not what you want).
To ensure you keep your bowel movement normal and avoid constipation (this can exacerbate damaged valves), consume foods that are high in fibre such as whole-grains, flaxseed, avocado, and more.
Increasing foods that also have flavonoids can potentially diminish varicose veins due to their ability to increase blood flow in your veins as well as lower blood pressure. If you are wondering which foods to include, try eating more citrus foods, cocoa, garlic, and vegetables like broccoli and onions.
Also, a big reason and motivation to improve your diet is that individuals who are overweight have a higher probability of suffering varicose veins.
Compressions Stockings & Socks
Compression stockings will provide pressure to your legs, and thus, will increase blood flow to the heart from both your muscles and veins. Compression stockings have been found to reduce the discomfort that can come along with varicose veins.
Compression stockings are easy to come by and are readily available at your local pharmacy and online stores like Amazon and others.
Foot & Leg Elevation Is Key
While it may be difficult to do during your working day, try your best to periodically elevate your feet. Doing this will greatly improve your circulation, lower blood pressure in your legs, and improve blood flow to your heart. Ideally, if you do spend much of your day sitting down, try elevating your legs by using another chair to rest your feet and legs on. During your free time or evenings. While watching TV, try putting a few pillows on your couch or chair so you can elevate your legs while staying cosy.
Another thing to avoid when you are sitting down is crossing your legs, so remember not to do it during work or periods when you are sitting down.
Moving & Staying Active
As we’ve touched on in this blog, sitting for long periods is not optimal for treating varicose veins. Being as active as possible is a great way to get your blood flowing, and even if you have to sit, try to switch positions and be as active sitting down as you can.
A great way to remember to get moving is to set a timer on your phone or watch every 15 or 30 minutes, and when it goes off, try to walk around or stretch out for a few minutes. Since many of us are working remotely these days due to COVID-19, getting into this habit can be a bit easier than if you are in a crowded office.
Avoid Tight Clothing
Anything that will limit your blood flow is something you don’t want to do. So, wearing tight and restrictive clothing is not recommended. Choosing looser fitting trousers and clothes may help and avoid wearing high heels if you can - opt for flats, running shoes, or any footwear without a big heel.
Get Varicose Vein Treatment in London
While these home methods may help, nothing can take the place of seeking professional medical treatments for varicose veins. When you come to Dr. Omar Abu-Bakr, you will be getting the best varicose vein treatment possible in London. Dr. Abu-Bakr is the very first UK surgeon to utilise HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) SONOVEIN S treatment. During your consultation, you will be provided with a thorough explanation of the various treatments that are available, and you will have all your concerns and questions answered.
To learn more about Dr. Abu-Bakr and the latest treatments available at our clinics, contact us today for varicose vein treatment in London.