Lifestyle Changes

Examples of conservative options for addressing varicose veins, spider veins, or any type of venous insufficiency include making some reasonable lifestyle changes. Some examples are:

  • Change your diet: Practicing portion control, choosing healthier food options, and dining out at restaurants less are just a few of the ways you can change your diet. It’s no secret that weight loss can positively impact your overall health but losing excess weight can also significantly lessen the pressure on your legs veins in particular, resulting in improved blood flow.
  • Exercise more: Whether it’s walking for just 20 minutes a few times a week or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, finding ways to increase your body’s movement can help the blood circulate in your legs and throughout your body.
  • Alternate between standing or sitting often: Many people might be surprised to learn that prolonged periods of standing or sitting can negatively affect your vein health. Making a conscious decision to shift between sitting and standing greatly contributes to better blood circulation.
  • Wear looser-fitting clothing: Wearing tight clothes can hinder blood flow, especially in the groin, thighs, and waist areas. Clothing that allows you greater range of motion will not only add to your comfort but to your overall vein health.
  • Medical compression stockings: Medical stockings help relieve the pain and swelling experienced by many patients with varicose veins of people whose work requires prolonged sitting or standing.  These stockings require a prescription from your physician and are usually purchased at a medical supply store.

What kind of results are achieved?

Lifestyle changes may prevent new varicose veins from forming but won’t get rid of existing varicose veins. This treatment option is meant to help manage pain and reduce more varicose veins from forming.

If your condition becomes unmanageable or you want to reduce the appearance of varicose veins you may need further procedures to treat your condition.