Everyone should be concerned about their vein health. It’s important to be vigilant because vein problems are incredibly common. The longer you live, the greater the chance you will develop some sort of venous disease, which could be as minor as spider veins or as life-threatening as DVT (deep vein thrombosis). What’s more, there may be no clear warning signs or vein disease symptoms that you are heading for a dangerous condition like thrombosis, until it becomes an emergency. There’s no reason to panic, however, because with a simple, regularly scheduled, vascular check up from your local Houston vein doctors is the answer. With just a quick checkup, circulatory problems can be caught early. Even better, if a problem is discovered by your vascular surgeon, there are simple Houston vein treatment options for almost any vein problem you might have.
Keeping Veins Healthy
You may not be able to prevent vein disease entirely, especially if it runs in your family. However, these tips will help you maintain your overall, whole-body health and eliminate or slow down the development of serious vein problems:
- Visit your Houston vein clinic to get a check up, even if your legs don’t hurt and you don’t think you need varicose vein treatment.
- Shift position and weight throughout your work day. Take short walks (if sitting all day) or take breaks to sit (if you normally spend hours on your feet). If you don’t have the opportunity to sit, at least shift your weight from one leg to another or prop each foot on a footrest periodically.
- Walk around when it’s safe to do so, if you’re on a long airline flight, to keep circulation flowing properly.
- Wear compression stockings if your doctor recommends it.
- Eat healthy, fresh foods. Your doctor may recommend limiting salt intake or avoiding certain types of fat. Always follow your physician’s advice.
- Control your weight to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on veins.
- Avoid tight clothing that can cut off or limit circulation at the waist, legs or pelvic area.
- Avoid wearing high heels for extended amounts of time.
- Wear supportive shoes.
- Check your feet for cuts or sores regularly, care for them properly and make sure they are healing in a timely manner. If not, you may have vein problems and should see your vascular surgeon. (This is a common issue with diabetics.)
- Don’t strain on the toilet. (Hemorrhoids are a type of bulging, varicose vein.)
- Get regular exercise, according to your doctor’s recommendations.
If you’ve never had a vein checkup, or if you have symptoms like leg pain, ankle swelling or spider and varicose veins, take advantage of the free initial consultation offered by Metro Vein Clinics. We have a vein center convenient to the Houston area, in Sugarland, so please contact us today.