Varicose veins are common. They often first appear during pregnancy or as people get older. If you are starting to get varicose veins or have had them for a while, there are still things you can do. Several health-promoting practices may help keep your varicose veins from getting worse or, in some cases, can even prevent them from developing in the first place:
In addition to all the other bad effects that smoking has on your body, the nicotine in cigarettes makes your blood vessels contract. When the blood vessels get smaller, it is harder for your blood to circulate. When you quit smoking, you are doing good things for your veins.
Avoid Eating Too Much Salt
When you eat a lot of salty food, you retain more water. Then the water puts unhealthy pressure on your veins. Give your veins a break by avoiding excess salt.
Don’t Wear High Heels Too Often
You may love the look of high heels, but, alas, they are not good for the veins in your legs. Your calf muscles are very important for pumping the blood in your legs back up to your heart. When you wear high heels, your calf muscles get locked into a single position and can’t properly perform their pumping function. Be good to your calf muscles by wearing flats more often.
Avoid Crossing Your Legs
Crossing your legs puts pressure on your veins, which is not good for them. Remember to uncross your legs to take the pressure off.
Exercise Your Legs More
When you have good muscle tone in your legs, your blood circulation improves. Flabby leg muscles lead to weak blood vessels. When you get your leg muscles in shape, your body will be better able to pump blood up from your legs to your heart.
Have Your Varicose Veins Removed
Doing the five things described above will make your legs and your whole body healthier. These home remedies, though, are not always enough to stop the progression of vein disease. A good alternative, then, is varicose vein removal. Today, you have a choice of cutting-edge vein removal treatments, so you can find a procedure that is exactly right for your needs.
At Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center, we offer the latest treatments, and we love to see our patients feel good again about the way their legs look. Most of our varicose vein removal procedures take less than an hour. Call us today at 914-205-6399 to find out more or to set up an appointment at our Yonkers, Manhattan, or Queens clinics.