Many people ask me how to avoid varicose veins. Unfortunately, the truth is that no one is immune from varicose veins. There are certain things that you can do and lifestyles that you can try to live that will help lower your chances of developing varicose. In order to try to avoid developing varicose, you need to know the three most common risk factors associated with developing this condition.
Genetics Vs. Varicose Veins
Not always, but more often than not, I see patients coming in with varicose veins whose parents or other family members also have or had varicose veins. The old saying that you are “wired a certain way” rings true in this instance. You take on many of the same physical characteristics of your parents- good and bad. A good rule of thumb would be to get screened before symptoms show up rather than waiting until the painful and embarrassing signs and symptoms of varicose veins set in.
Multiple Pregnancies Vs. Varicose Veins
Having children is nothing short of a miracle. During a pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through drastic changes in preparation for the baby’s arrival. Moreover, a pregnant lady is having to carry extra weight around for 9 months! That extra weight and pressure can lead to varicose veins in the legs. Ways to try and avoid developing varicose veins during pregnancy is to drink plenty of fluids, eat a healthy, low-salt diet, and elevate your feet and legs at the end of the day if possible. This is even more important in the 3rd trimester as the maximum amount of pressure is applied and felt during this stage of the pregnancy.
Standing On Your Feet All Day Vs. Varicose Veins
Some of us are on our feet literally all day long. Doctors in surgeries, factory workers on the line, or even customer service reps in a retail store are all on their feet for a good majority of the day. The longer you are on your feet, the higher your risk is for developing varicose veins. If you can, utilize the break times that you have to get off of your feet and stay hydrated. I also recommend using compression socks to help maximize the blood flow throughout your extremities.
If you or a loved one are suffering from varicose veins, I can help! There are several different treatment options that could work for you. Together we can decide which one is best for your unique situation. Just remember that you’re not in this alone and that there is a solution that will work for you. Give me a call or check out my website at www.doctorestonwenger.com.