Best advice for varicose vein pain relief

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Best advice for varicose vein pain relief

Anyone with varicose veins knows all too well, the achy, uncomfortable feeling that often accompanies this malady. Not only are varicose veins an unsightly condition appearing like gnarled, enlarged veins usually found in the legs and feet but they can cause significant pain and discomfort.   These swollen, twisted veins seen just below the skin surface can cause mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers (sores), a heavy or aching feeling, a burning sensation or itching above the affected veins.

But varicose veins should not stop you from living life to its fullest.  Luckily there are ways to ease the pain and discomfort when following these tips:

·      Do leg stretches and exercise

One of the best things anyone with varicose veins can do is to exercise frequently.  Getting some movement into your calf muscles for short periods of time throughout the day helps stimulate blood flow.  Be sure to also flex your feet regularly and to change positions every 30 minutes. If you stand during most of the day, be sure to take sitting breaks.  If you sit most of the day, be sure to get up and walk around periodically. 

·      Elevate your legs

Elevating your legs above your heart can provide immediate varicose vein pain relief. This gets the blood flowing in your lower body back to your heart, and helps the venous valves function more efficiently. Elevating your legs for 15-minute increments also can reduce the swelling. There are many simple ways to do this: Prop them up with three or four pillows, put them up on the table, or lie on the floor with your legs against the wall.

·      Cold Water

Soaking your legs in cold water can relieve the feeling of heaviness in the legs. The cool temperature causes your blood vessels to shrink, alleviating the pain. Additionally, avoid hot showers and hot tubs, as the heat can actually heighten the throbbing and leg cramps.

·      Hydrate

As with most conditions, staying hydrated does wonders for your body. Proper hydration supports healthy blood circulation, which will reduce the amount and frequency of pain from varicose veins.

·      Be Mindful of What You Wear

High heels can trigger varicose vein pain so it’s recommended to avoid wearing them. Opt for low-heeled shoes instead, as they work the calf muscles, which help your veins. Tight clothing can restrict blood flow, which results in pain, particularly in your waist and legs.

While you can’t prevent varicose veins, taking these measures can provide pain relief and help slow the progression of developing new varicose veins. These methods are cost-effective and simple to do in the comfort of your own home. Best of all, they should provide relief within minutes, and get you back to your day.

If you have been practicing the above suggestions for helping relieve pain associated with varicose veins but your discomfort is not improving or is getting worse, it is time to see your doctor.  They can evaluate the extent of your varicose veins and make recommendations on other treatments available that may be appropriate for you.