About 50% of adults in the United States suffer from some type of venous disorder. Luckily, there are many procedures available to combat spider veins and varicose veins once they’ve developed. In the meantime, there are things you can be doing to prevent spider veins and varicose veins from forming in your body. The following list highlights a few effective methods:
- Protection: One of the most common causes of spider veins is sun damage. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen daily and attempt to stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day. Additionally, crossing your legs, placing too much weight on them, and standing for long periods of time can all contribute to the development of spider veins and varicose veins.
- Exercise: Improving leg strength is a great way to prevent spider veins and varicose veins from forming. By exercising your legs, you will increase circulation and vein strength. Activities that focus on your legs, like walking or running, are good ways to get started. Keeping your legs moving is the best method of prevention.
- Support: Elastic stockings can be worn daily to keep circulation up and varicose veins away. Don’t wear clothing that is too tight or constricting, especially around your waist, groin, or legs. Concentrate on looser garments with appropriately fitted stockings—a vein doctor can help you determine the right size.
- Diet: Constipation is one of the contributing factors to varicose veins, so try to consume high-fiber foods daily. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are usually high in fiber and good for your body. Avoiding salt is a good idea, too, because the sodium may cause you to swell.
For more information on controlling your vein insufficiencies or finding out about procedures to eliminate them, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan. Our doctors are certified by the American Board of Phlebology and can help you discover what you need during a private consultation. Call (212) 204-6501 to schedule an appointment.