2024 is here! Happy New Year from us to you. If you’ve made 2024 the year to get healthy, we encourage you to think about your veins, too! So, in this article, we thought we would share some essential Dos and Don’ts for healthy veins in 2024. Read on for three Dos and three Don’ts! But we’ll start with the don’ts!
Dos and Don’ts for healthy veins in 2024!
We all know smoking is bad for you. In vein health, it impairs it by constricting blood vessels, reducing blood flow and exacerbating the impaired circulation associated with varicose veins. The chemicals in tobacco weaken vein walls, increase inflammation, and elevate the risk of blood clots, compounding the adverse effects on venous health.
Don’t be sedentary or stand for too long:
It’s good to keep moving! That’s why your smart wearable devices track your steps and prompt you to stand if you’ve been sitting too long. But it’s not just desk jobs that contribute to a higher risk of varicose veins; those that require you to be on your feet all day do even more!
It is essential to keep the blood flowing to limit the varicose vein risk factors of a sedentary lifestyle or job. If you sit for long periods, set alarms to prompt you to get up and stretch your legs throughout the day. And if you’re on your feet all day, shuffle from one leg to the other to activate your calf muscles and try to pop your feet up during your tea breaks.
Don’t Ignore Them:
Many people visit us because of the visible, unsightly veins that render them unable to wear shorts. Others come because of the painful symptoms that they no longer wish to live with. But beneath the surface, there’s another reason to have your veins treated. If you ignore your varicose veins, you increase your risk of developing more severe leg health issues.
Do Exercise Regularly:
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.
Do 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.
Do See a Specialist:
Varicose veins will often be visible on your legs or feet. They might be blue or dark purple. Furthermore, they are often lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance.
However, varicose veins are not always visible, as they can be located deeper in the leg. These hidden incompetent veins can cause as many health issues as visible bulging varicose veins.
Your legs may feel achy, heavy or tired. Or you may feel a burning or throbbing sensation in your legs. If your legs consistently feel uncomfortable when sitting or standing for periods, and you feel a sense of relief when you elevate your legs, you may be suffering from varicose veins that are not visible.
Do you suffer from restless legs, which are crampy or tingly, particularly at night? These symptoms can often be attributed to varicose veins.
If the skin on your legs is excessively dry and itchy, this, too, could be a sign of underlying varicose veins.
The only way to fully determine the health of your veins is to book a FREE full doctor’s vein assessment and scan. Contact us to book your appointment with David!