Early Prevention

Did you know that with early detection and prevention, you can help lessen your chances of having serious vein issues in the future? One of the best ways to prevent vein issues is exercise. Not only is it important in helping the rest of your body stay healthy, but it also plays a major role in keeping your veins healthy. Aerobic exercise has been shown to dramatically benefit varicose veins, particularly when the activity utilizes the calf muscle. So running/jogging up and down hills would be a quick and easy way to target this area. By exercising, you are encouraging blood flow throughout your muscles therefore helping the blood to not sit stagnant, which leads to vein issues. On the other hand, exercising under excruciating weight, or bearing weights that put too much pressure on your legs, can have the adverse effect. This limits your blood movement, and with the added pressure on your veins, can over strain them, which in turn weakens them. They key to exercise benefitting your veins, is to make sure your focus is mostly aerobic. The movement of your legs without strenuous pressure will yield the best results. If you feel that you are still struggling with vein problems, compression socks have been known to help as well. Graduated compression socks act as a wall of muscle that helps to gently squeeze stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close together and function properly. The graduated compression socks have more pressure at the ankles while the pressure they put on the leg gently decreases as the sock goes further up the leg towards the calf. Compression socks are especially recommended to be worn during air travel to reduce swelling and the risk of a blood clot. They are also beneficial if your profession requires you to sit for long periods of time. The socks will help to keep blood from pooling in stretched out veins, causing pain. With prevention management, you can help lessen or avoid vein issues!

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