As a specialist vein doctor practising in Nelson and Marlborough, clients often ask David, “Can I manage varicose veins with lifestyle changes?” So, in this article, we’ll answer that question.
Can I manage varicose veins with lifestyle changes?
Varicose veins can have a debilitating effect on the life you lead. If your veins are visible, they may affect the clothes you choose to wear. But varicose veins often have associated painful symptoms. Your legs might feel achy, heavy or tired. And you may even feel a burning or throbbing sensation in your legs.
You can make some lifestyle changes to help you manage these symptoms.
Low-impact exercises, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, can help improve blood circulation in the legs and strengthen the muscles that support the veins.
Maintain a Healthy Weight:
Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce the pressure on your leg veins, which can help reduce symptoms in your varicose veins. It can also reduce the likelihood of new varicose veins forming.
Elevate Your Legs:
Elevating your legs when resting or sleeping will help reduce swelling and improve blood flow back to the heart.
Wearing compression stockings will encourage healthier blood flow in your legs, decreasing pressure on your veins. We will often prescribe stockings before your treatment and always afterwards. People in standing occupations can benefit from wearing compression long-term!
Smoking is known to impair circulation and is generally detrimental to overall vascular health.
The best way to manage symptoms:
The most effective way to manage the visible or painful symptoms associated with varicose veins is to have them treated.
At enhanceskin, all of the treatments are carried out either at our clinic in Nelson or at the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim, Marlborough. They are all minimally invasive, walk-in and walk-out treatments.
- Ultrasound-guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide sclerosant injections, permanently closing the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, so it requires no anaesthesia.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), the gold standard varicose vein treatment, requires no general anaesthesia or hospital stay. You walk in and out (wearing compression stockings for two weeks), and you can even drive home afterwards.
- We also offer Venaseal, a medical glue that closes off Varicose Veins. There is no need for stockings for those it suits as a treatment! And air travel is allowed at any point after treatment.
Before we embark on any treatment plan, we offer a COMPLIMENTARY full doctor’s vein assessment and scan to help determine the most suitable treatment for you. Contact us to book your appointment with David!