Top Tips and Tricks for Treating Venous Disease
When you’re looking for the best vein removal methods to help you treat your varicose veins and spider veins, it’s important to do your research. At vein center Miami, a leader in the treatment of venous disease and vein removal, we strive to give our patients the best vein treatments both in and out of our South Florida office.
You’re likely wondering how treating your veins outside of our office could even be a possibility, but guess what? It is.
“Treating venous disease is a two-way street,” Dr. Susan B. Fox, owner and founder of Fox Vein & Laser Experts in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines says. “We can certainly help you lose the presence of your varicose veins and spider veins, but it’s what you do when you’re not in this office that will determine how clear your legs will stay following a treatment.”
This is especially important information for people whose jobs require them to stand on their feet for long periods of time or remain seated at a desk all day as well.
There is no doubt a correlation between the presence of unsightly veins on the legs and how much time one is spending both on and off their feet. According to a report by Mayo Clinic, when you are standing or sitting for long periods of time, your blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods. The blood begins to pool and circulation begins to slow down. Circulation is key for healthy veins, so when this begins to become compromised, it’s almost a guarantee that varicose veins or spider veins will begin to present themselves in some not so comfortable ways.
Other factors that contribute to venous disease include:
Age – as you get older, your veins, just like your skin begin losing elasticity causing them to stretch and results in weaker veins.
Heredity – If you have a family history of venous disease, chances are you’ll experience it as well.
Obesity – Extra body weight puts extra pressure on your veins.
Pregnancy – Many women find themselves left with varicose veins and spider veins after pregnancy. Varicose veins may surface for the first time or may worsen during late pregnancy when your uterus exerts greater pressure on the veins in your legs. Changes in your hormones during pregnancy also play a large role.
If you take all of these factors and combine them with your lifestyle, such as working on your feet or having to remain seated at a desk for long periods of time – the outlook is not so good for your veins. While we frequently discuss the unsightliness of venous disease, it’s important to remember that our main goal in treating your venous disease is to promote better health while leaving you feeling confident about the look of your legs.
“It isn’t always just about the aesthetic when it comes to your venous disease,” Dr. Fox says. “Side effects of venous disease can be pretty uncomfortable.”
“The ultimate complaints about spider veins are that they’re aesthetically unpleasing, especially in an aesthetic conscious area like Miami Beach, but with varicose veins, there are some physical issues that present as well. Painful signs and symptoms of varicose veins, such as, an achy or heavy feeling in your legs burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs or worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time, make varicose vein removal a priority.”
So how can you treat your varicose and spider veins while not in our care? There are a number of ways to ensure you are promoting healthy vein circulation from home, work, and even the gym.
Here are our top healthy vein tips for people who work on their feet:
There is no better practice for healthy circulation than movement. Improving your circulation and muscle tone can decrease your risk of developing varicose veins. If you work seated at a desk, or even standing in one position for a long amount of time, set a timer that reminds you to get up and stretch your legs for a few moments every 20 minutes. Take a walk to get a glass of water, run a flight of stairs, take a walk around the block, or do anything that helps you get the blood pumping in your legs. Walking is a great way to get the blood flowing and promote healthy circulation in your veins. Make sure to consult with your doctor on the appropriate level of activity for your body.
Elevate Your Legs
This is a no-brainer for those who work on their feet. Just as it is important to move throughout the course of the day, it is critically as important to elevate your legs. Take a few opportunities each day to raise your legs above the level of your heart. If you are at work, you can do this with a chair and some pillows, and at home, this can be achieved from the comfort of your bed. This will serve to improve circulation and stop the blood from pooling at your ankles and causing unneeded pain and pressure.
Is there any reason at this point to not eat cleaner and better foods? No. What we eat has a direct relation to how we look and feel, and most importantly, our health and how our bodies perform. Did you know that Vitamin C derivatives can help venous circulation and venous disease? Diosmin is a Vitamin C derivative and can help decrease new veins and help the vein symptoms.
Uncross your legs
While for women, this may be the more “ladylike” thing to do, crossing your legs is actually a huge detriment to your venous health. Some doctors believe this position can compromise circulation and increase circulation problems.
Put the heels away
High-heels are almost a varicose and spider vein guarantee. Shoes without heels help to work your calf muscles which results in better circulation and less pressure on your veins. Sometimes it really is important to choose function over fashion!
Common sense suggests that anything that feels too tight on your body – particularly in your waist and on your legs – is going to restrict blood flow. While the style may involve skinny jeans or tight workout pants, it’s this kind of clothing that can directly contribute to venous disease. Dress comfortably and let your circulation flow with ease.
Check-in with your vein doctor often.
At Fox Vein & Laser Experts, we have a multitude of treatments for your venous disease. From Miami sclerotherapy to VeinGogh and vein ablation, we want to make sure you’re living your healthiest and most beautiful life!