None of us look down and see our varicose veins and say, 'Hey, that looks great!' Like it or not, though, 20% of us will have varicose veins at some point in our lives.
What has brought this scourge upon you and what can you do about it? Let's take a closer look at varicose veins and vein treatment options.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Your veins carry blood through your body to your heart. Have you ever thought about how gravity might make it difficult for veins to push your blood from your feet and legs to your heart?
Tiny muscle contractions in your legs pump the blood upward. As the blood moves up, you also have one-way valves inside your veins that prevent blood from dropping back down your legs in between pumps.
Sometimes those valves don't fulfill their end of the bargain, though. When some blood drops back down through the valves, it pools in select areas and makes those areas of your veins fill up and bulge out. Those are varicose veins.
How Can I Prevent Varicose Veins?
There are many factors that appear to influence the lottery for who gets varicose veins and who doesn't. Genetics play a large role, but there are ways to lower your risk for these pesky vein problems.
Remember that it's muscle contractions in your legs that keep pushing blood upward. The stronger your leg muscles are, the more efficient they'll be at keeping the blood moving. On top of that, regular exercise is known to promote healthy blood flow. If you work out consistently, your circulatory system as a whole is healthier and less prone to varicose veins and other issues.
Making Leg Pressure More Consistent
Remember that it's muscle contractions in your legs that keep pushing blood upward. The stronger your leg muscles are, the more efficient they'll be at keeping the blood moving.
On top of that, regular exercise is known to promote healthy blood flow. If you work out consistently, your circulatory system as a whole is healthier and less prone to varicose veins and other issues.
Changing Your Routine
You already know sitting for long periods of time isn't great for your health. It turns out that both long periods of sitting and long periods of standing are bad for your vein health, particularly for varicose veins.
If you have a desk job, that doesn't mean you have to quit your job and go live amongst the wolves. Get up and move around every so often. You can also do desk-based leg exercises during the day to keep your legs and blood moving.
How Do I Get Rid of Varicose Veins?
Those tips above are great for keeping your varicose veins from getting worse, but what if you already have varicose veins? You aren't stuck with them. There are multiple types of varicose vein treatments, and different ones suit different patients. Your options might include laser vein therapy, radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, or Varithera. It depends on the extent of your varicose veins, the post-procedure downtime you can manage, and other factors.
Getting Your Varicose Vein Treatment
If you're tired of hiding behind long pants and hosiery, now is the time to start the vein treatment process. Call our varicose vein specialists today to schedule your consultation.