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What Shoes Should I Wear? Shoes For Varicose Veins

What Shoes Should I Wear? Shoes For Varicose Veins

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard



While there are not specific shoes that are best for varicose veins, there are definitely good and bad options. To start off with what not to wear, avoid wearing high heels that are greater than 2 inches. High heels affect your calves’ ability to pump blood back up to the legs and also restrict proper muscle function. This raises vein pressure in the lower legs and will lead to more pain in the lower extremities. 

Instead, opt for a lower heeled shoe with plenty of support. Lower heeled shoes are known to effectively tone calf muscles which help to improve circulation in your legs. Better circulation means less pain and swelling from your varicose veins. Opt to wear shoes that are tighter around your ankle and foot area to further maximize proper circulation in your legs. When trying on new shoes, walk around for awhile to really make sure they are comfortable and supportive of your feet. 

However, it is not necessary to buy new shoes. Putting orthotic inserts into your favorite pair of comfortable shoes will increase support and make the shoes fit to your foot properly. 

The main rule of thumb with footwear and varicose veins is comfort and support. While wearing the right kind of shoes will not cure varicose veins, they can alleviate some of the everyday pain and swelling. 


At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. Since opening we have successfully treated over 10,000 patients from around the world.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas ofBarrington, Illinois and outside of Illinois.

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

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