Wrinkles, loose skin, and declining muscle mass are some of the common physical changes associated with aging. However, many adults develop complications with blood flow as their vein function declines. Varicose veins are a condition that results from excess blood buildup with veins in the legs.
Although varicose veins are not always painful, they can be an aesthetic concern for many people. If you want to learn more about preventing varicose veins, speak with our medical team at Artemis Vein Center. Certain lifestyle choices can help you minimize your chances of developing the condition.
Varicose veins form when your valves malfunction due to weakness or damage, resulting in blood pooling within your veins, typically in your legs. The first noticeable symptom of varicose veins is typically blue or purple skin discoloration around the affected veins. Next, your veins may become enlarged and twisted, creating an unwanted appearance.
Though varicose veins do not pose medical risks for many, moderate, severe, and worsening cases of the condition may result in painful symptoms. For instance, varicose veins could cause itching, burning, throbbing, muscle cramps, swelling, and a heavy feeling in your legs. Further, you may experience worsening pain when standing after extended periods of sitting.
Factors that increase the risks of developing varicose veins include older age, pregnancy, obesity, genetics, and jobs involving lengthy periods of standing or sitting. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent varicose veins.
The best way to prevent varicose veins from forming is by stimulating blood flow throughout your entire body, especially in your legs. Exercising your leg muscles helps push blood through the veins and back to your heart, minimizing the blood buildup that causes varicose veins. Further, losing excess body weight relieves extra pressure on the leg muscles and veins, reducing the risk of varicose veins.
Another practical step for preventing new varicose veins and managing symptoms is reducing prolonged periods of sitting and standing. Lastly, wearing compression stockings could prevent the development of this condition by stimulating healthy blood flow. However, you should avoid wearing very tight clothing that applies excess pressure on your legs. This could cause your varicose veins to worsen.
Varicose veins are a common problem among adults. Staying active and maintaining your health as you age can help prevent varicose veins.
Unfortunately, the condition is not always preventable, as varicose veins may develop due to genetics, medical conditions, and prescription medications. In these cases, Dr. Pinsinski and our team at Artemis Vein Center can help you understand all your treatment options.