Historically, patients with varicose veins have tried conservative
treatment options which refer to non-invasive management.
Certain measures may help to relieve the discomfort from existing varicose veins and slow new ones from
arising by improving circulation and muscle tone:
Exercise: Get your legs moving. Walking is a great way to
encourage blood circulation in your legs and improve leg (calf
Control your weight: Shedding excess pounds takes
unnecessary pressure off your veins.
Watch what you wear: Avoid high heels – doesn’t make some women happy to
hear but low-heeled shoes work calf muscles more which is better for your veins. Do not wear tight clothes around your calves or groin. These can restrict circulation and venous
return. Wear appropriately fitted compression support hose/socks that are available in the office (order here).
Elevate your legs: Take three 10- to 15-minute breaks daily
to elevate your legs above the level of your heart.
Avoid long periods of sitting or standing: Make a point of
changing your position frequently or taking brief walks.
Do NOT sit or lie with your legs crossed: This position can
aggravate circulatory problems.
Conservative treatment will not remove existing abnormal veins nor will they treat the underlying cause. As a result, varicose veins will usually continue to enlarge and worsen over time.
In summary, there's no way to completely prevent varicose veins, but improving your circulation and muscle tone can reduce the risk of developing varicose veins.