You may be Increasing Your Risk of Varicose Veins

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To some extent, varicose veins may not be preventable. They can easily develop because of family genetics, medical issues or simply pregnancy. If you have already developed problems with your veins, you should come by our vein clinic in Kelowna. We have many treatments that can help you reduce the size and feel of veins.

Treatment is always an option, but it isn’t your only one if you’re concerned about spider veins. While you may not be able to permanently prevent spider veins, you can reduce habits that make the development of troublesome veins more likely.

Here are some ways that you may be increasing your risk of developing varicose veins.

  1. You’re spending too much time sitting

If you’ve got a job where you spend a lot of time sitting, you may be at a greater risk for developing varicose veins. This is because constant sitting can compress the delicate valves in the veins of your legs. Over long periods of time, this can result in damage to the valves that leave you with varicose veins.

The best way to protect yourself from this problem is to make sure to take walking breaks every hour or so. Get up for 5-10 minutes and do some brisk walking to get the blood moving in your legs again.

  1. Or standing

Of course, there’s another side to the vulnerability of those valves in your leg. If you spend all of your workday on your feet, that’s also going to stress them a lot. If you need to stand, you should make sure that you take a 10-minute break to sit down every couple hours. This will gives your legs a chance to relax.


  1. You’re not giving your legs proper exercise

It’s wise to work a leg routine into your weekly exercise. If you really care about preventing varicose veins you’re going to want to consider making it a weight regimen. Even light resistance exercises can improve blood flow in the legs, making varicose veins less likely to develop.

  1. You’re wearing clothing that’s too tight

While compression stockings are recommended to prevent varicose veins, the kind of clothing that restricts your waist and thighs (such as tight jeans) are more likely to cause problems than prevent them. If you want to lower your risk, you should let the large veins in your legs breathe. If you enjoy wearing tight clothing, you can reduce the damage by switching to more relaxed clothes when you’re at home.

  1. You’re wearing high heels

High heels put a lot of pressure on your legs, and that pressure can result in damage to the blood vessels, meaning new development of varicose veins. Simply taking a break is as effective a solution here as it is for sitting and standing. Get off your feet every couple hours to let your legs relax and recover.

There are fortunately many different treatments that can alleviate the pain and unpleasant appearance of varicose veins. A visit and consultation will help you decide which one offers you the best chance at the results you need.

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