As I was searching for more information on varicose veins, known as “spider veins” cure, I sat on the chair on my phone in a upright position crossing my legs. What I thought of as a comfortable sitting position could have led me to get more of the unwanted varicose veins.
The topmost DON’T in preventing and relieving varicose veins was: DON’T cross your legs when sitting. I immediately uncrossed my legs!!
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. Any superficial vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs. That’s because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.
Varicose veins may not cause any pain.
Signs you may have varicose veins include:
Veins that are dark purple or blue in color,
Veins that appear twisted and bulging, they are often like cords on your legs.
When painful signs and symptoms occur, they may include:
An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
Itching around one or more of your veins
Skin discoloration around a varicose vein
Other than not crossing your legs, here are some great tips on preventing varicose veins…
- Regular exercise helps in the continuous flow of the blood. It is understandable that time is quite a problem. Choose an exercise activity that is not so time consuming, like walking a good distance will be great.
- Watch your weight, a very heavy body gives burden to the legs that hold it upright.
- If your job requires standing for a long period of time, shift your weight from one foot to the other time and again. If it is possible, always sit on breaks and relax tired feet.
- Elastic stockings can best support legs.
- See to it that your clothes, even you underwear are comfortable and not too tight especially on the waist, groin and leg areas.
- High-fiber foods can help prevent constipation that could also contribute to varicose veins. Eat as much fiber-filled foods as possible.
- Salt can be a factor in swelling of the body. Reduce your salt intake.
- Find time to exercise your legs even when sitting. It can help in the circulation of blood. A simple leg stretching and feet and ankle rotation can relieve soreness and can revive those veins.
- Leg elevation at the end of the day is highly recommended. Prop your feet on a chair or on the wall at home when you watch TV or a few minutes before you go to sleep.
- Long travels constrict and numb your legs and feet. If you can, get up and move about in your vehicle (for travels on buses, trains and airplanes) or pull over every 30 minutes when traveling in a car to relax and stretch your legs.
- Choose an aisle seat or the one nearest an exit door when attending long conferences and meetings. This way, you can easily go out and stretch every fifteen to thirty minutes to avoid cramps.
Varicose veins are brought about by a lot of things from being overweight to genetics to aging. Most factors that contribute to acquiring varicose veins are the work (especially if it includes long periods of standing up), pregnancy, stomach disorders such as constipation; and then there’s improper posture.
As always, the adage that prevention is better than cure is very true. Although major treatments and operations are not exactly needed in curing them, the pain could be uncomfortable, not to mention unsightly.
There are dermatological ways to remove varicose veins but, if you can help it, prevent it from appearing on your body parts by doing the self-help tips that are stated above.
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