2023 is almost here. Our clinic closes for the holidays on Thursday, 15th December 2022 and reopens on Tuesday, 24th January 2023. But we wanted to give you some food for thought over the Christmas break to help you achieve better vein health in 2023.
New Year’s Resolutions for Better Vein Health in 2023:
Resolve to lose a little:
Losing a few pounds is often on a New Year’s resolutions list. Being overweight can contribute to a whole raft of health issues. And varicose veins are no exception. Carrying those extra kilos can put extra pressure on your circulatory system, eventually leading to the development of varicose veins.
Resolve to get (or keep) moving:
Exercise gets the blood pumping, and that’s good news for your circulatory system. You don’t have to go crazy, and regular walking is a perfect way to move more. So, resolve to walk to work if you can. Or make it a goal to climb to the Centre of New Zealand.
Pedal power is also a great option, and we’re spoilt for choice around Nelson and Marlborough with cycle paths and mountain bike trails.
Resolve to contact a specialist:
Varicose Veins will often present visibly on your legs or feet. They might be blue or dark purple in colour. 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 just 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 of time, 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 best person to assess your vein’s health is a varicose vein specialist like Dr David. Remember, we offer an initial no-obligation Varicose Vein Assessments with Ultrasound Mapping; this can be at our Nelson clinic or the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim. Contact us HERE to book yours.