Varicose Veins are swollen veins that are filled with more blood than normal. They are often twisted inside your body. The twisted veins prevent the correct flow of blood in the veins, so blood collects in the vein. This causes them to swell and makes walking and other tasks painful for the patient.
If you have varicose veins, you may wonder how to prevent varicose veins?
Here are a few tips that will lessen your chances of getting varicose veins and also help to control the ones that you already have. Make sure that you get the proper amount of exercise and that your weight is at a normal level. Exercising the legs will strengthen the legs and veins. Your diet should include low-fat foods such as apples and oranges and high fibre foods such as oat bran.
Also, try to avoid any types of salty foods. This will cause water retention and will make your legs hurt. Try to limit your standing or sitting for long periods as this can cause your veins to swell. If you have to stand for a while, move your weight from one leg to the other about every 10 minutes or so. When laying or sitting down put your legs in a position higher than your body. Do not wear extremely high heels. Try to wear heels of no more than 2 inches high. Do not wear clothing that will constrict the lower half of your body.
Varicose veins are a very painful ailment. If you feel that you may have them following the tips above can help to alleviate some of your pain. Varicose veins can cause other problems such as vein inflammation, leg and ankle ulcers and even may rupture. This is why it is very important to follow the prevention tips above to lessen the chances of getting varicose veins.