Finally receiving a diagnosis for your symptoms can be a great relief, but once you know what’s going on, you might not be satisfied with sitting tight until your procedure. If you are looking to reduce the impact of your symptoms and get a start on healthy practices to continue after you’ve had your procedure, you can begin by doing the following:
Elevate your legs to help promote blood flow. Doing so helps reduce excess pressure on your veins. You can do this by resting them on a coffee table or ottoman while watching tv, or sitting in a reclining chair. You can also place pillows under your legs when you go to bed at night.
Take breaks from long periods of standing or sitting. Changing up your habits may help increase circulation to your veins. If you usually sit, make a point to get up and walk around a few times a day. If you have to stand for most of the day, wear comfortable shoes, and take a few moments a few times an hour to flex your calf muscles.
Get exercise to reduce the stress of excess weight, improve muscle strength in your legs, and promote circulation. You don’t have to commit to intense cardio or weight training, but make sure you are performing actions that continuously work calf muscles, like walking or using an elliptical machine. Doing these things for 30 minutes a day will increase circulation and improve overall health.
Wearing graduated compression stockings has been found to be a very effective way to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. These are not your everyday "support hose," they are stockings designed by medical professionals to improve the flow of oxygen to the muscle and tissue, reduce the swelling, and increase blood flow, all helping to alleviate the symptoms associated with vein disease.
Avoid excess heat to prevent further aggravation of your venous condition. Things like hot showers or baths and heat packs applied directly to your legs can exacerbate your symptoms.
Keep up with a healthy diet. Having a well balanced diet is a recommend home prevention method for preventing varicose veins. Consume lean proteins such as fish and chicken, as well as vegetable and fruits. Focus on keeping your diet low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and lots of water. Obesity contributes to the progression of the disease.