Can You Stop Varicose Veins From Getting Worse?

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are large, bulging, blue veins that appear on the legs. They are due to venous insufficiency, and they are quite common. Some of the symptoms of varicose veins include swollen feet, a burning sensation in the legs, and leg pain. 

Who Is At-Risk of Developing Varicose Veins?

There are some factors that make it more likely for a person to develop varicose veins. If someone has a long family history of varicose veins, it is likely that varicose veins will appear for them. Women have a greater tendency to have varicose veins. Pregnancy puts pressure on many parts of the body, one of them being veins. This pressure can lead to the development of varicose veins. As you age, your risk of varicose veins increases. Being overweight or obese also increases a person’s chance of developing this condition. 

What Makes Them Worse?

Varicose veins are difficult enough to withstand as is, so knowing what could make them worse is vital to dealing with them until you can get treated. Standing or sitting for extended periods of time is one thing that could make the pain and swelling worse. It is important to keep up a good life balance when managing this condition. 

How to Prevent Varicose Veins from Getting Worse? 

While there is no tangible way to prevent varicose veins from appearing, there are things you can do that can prevent them from getting worse and alleviate some of the symptoms. Exercise is a great tool for helping with varicose veins. Exercising increases blood flow and strengthens muscles. These two things are key to helping with the pain and swelling that come along with varicose veins. Since being overweight is a risk factor for varicose veins, losing weight can help prevent them from getting worse and developing further. It is important to avoid wearing tight-fitted clothing if you have varicose veins. Tight clothing can add pressure to your veins, causing your venous insufficiency to become worsened. 

Varicose Vein Treatment at Memphis Vascular Center 

Here at Memphis Vascular Center, we offer minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. If you would like to schedule a consultation, or if you would like to get more information on our treatments, call (901) 683-1890. Our team members are eager to help those in need of information or treatment.

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