Self-care tips for varicose veins
If you have varicose veins, try to improve circulation:
• Wear compression stockings
Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach to try before other treatments. These stockings are sold at most
pharmacies and medical supply stores. Using a tape measure, you or your pharmacist can measure your legs to ensure you get the right size and fit according to the size chart on the package.
Walking is a great way to get the blood circulating in your legs. Ask your doctor about an appropriate activity level for you.
• Elevate your legs
When sitting or lying down, elevate your legs above the level of your heart. Do this 10 to 15 minutes three or four times daily.
• Don’t sit or stand for long periods
Change your position frequently. During long car trips, stop
to take a brief walk every couple of hours. On flights, walk through the cabin about once every hour. Don’t sit with your legs crossed. Remember to wear your compression stockings when traveling.
• Watch what your wear
Panty-leg girdles can restrict circulation. Avoid high heels.
• Control your weight
Being overweight puts extra pressure on your veins.