Pain and Discomfort from Varicose Veins?
What are varicose veins?
- Varicose veins are enlarged veins with a rope-like appearance.
- They are usually a purple or blue color.
- They appear just below the skin.
- They typically affect your legs and feet.
- This skin condition is common with up to a quarter of all adults being affected - mostly when they are older with ages ranging between forty and eighty years.
- Sometimes those large, twisting veins do not cause any discomfort while damaged veins that are less visible can become extremely painful.
What are the symptoms that contribute to pain and discomfort?
- Heavy, achy leg or legs.
- Muscle cramps.
- Throbbing or burning feeling in the legs.
- The appearance of swelling in the calves and around the ankles.
- Localized discomfort around a set of veins.
Many of those experiencing such pain and discomfort may find the symptoms worsen during warmer days. This is because blood vessels tend to dilate when temperatures rise, making it even harder for those valves (mentioned below) to work properly.
As warmer weather continues and the day progresses, blood can accumulate around the ankles so that symptoms become more noticeable. If you spend long periods sitting or standing, pain and discomfort can continue.
What causes varicose veins?Those varicose veins - and the pain and discomfort they bring - are basically caused by malfunctioning valves in your veins, valves that are unable to bring blood back to your heart effectively as they work against gravity.
How to get relief from the pain and discomfort of varicose veins
Regular exercise encourages better blood circulation in the legs, which helps to push along the blood that has collected in the veins. Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure which can be another contributing factor. Low-impact exercises help to get the calf muscles working without excessive strain. Such exercises include swimming, walking, cycling and yoga.
2. Compression stockings
Compression stockings are available from most pharmacies and can help by applying pressure to the legs, helping the muscles and veins to move blood toward the heart and reducing the pain and aching.
3. Changes in your diet
Potassium-high foods, such as almonds and pistachio nuts, lentils and white beans, potatoes, leafy vegetables, salmon and tuna, can help varicose veins by reducing water retention in the body while salty or sodium-rich foods can cause the body to retain water, so cutting down on salty food can minimize water retention. Foods with fiber help to keep the bowels moving and prevent constipation which can also be important, as straining can aggravate damaged valves or make them worse. Shedding any excess weight can reduce the pressure on the veins and alleviate swelling and discomfort.
4. Eat more flavonoids
Adding foods that contain flavonoids may also help a person to shrink their varicose veins. This is because flavonoids improve blood circulation, which will keep the blood flowing, and make it less likely to pool in the veins. They also help to reduce blood pressure in the arteries and can relax blood vessels, all of which can reduce varicose veins. Foods include: vegetables (including garlic, onions, bell peppers, spinach and broccoli), citrus fruits, grapes, cherries, apples and blueberries.
5. Avoid high heels and tight clothing
Wearing tight-fitting clothes can restrict blood flow. A person may find that their circulation is improved by wearing loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict the blood supply to the lower body. Wearing flat shoes instead of high heels may also help with varicose veins in the legs.
6. Keep the legs elevated
Keeping the legs elevated, ideally at the same height as the heart or above it will help to improve circulation. This reduces the pressure in the leg veins and gravity will help the blood to flow smoothly back to the heart. This is especially important where there is a lot sitting down or standing for long periods of time.
Gently massaging the affected areas can help to keep the blood moving through the veins but always avoid pressing directly onto the veins, however, as this may damage fragile tissues.
8. Keep moving
If sitting for any length of time, aim to get up and move around or change position frequently to keep the blood flowing smoothly. Avoid sitting with crossed legs, as this can further restrict blood flow to the legs and feet, which may add to circulation problems.
9. Use H-Varicose Veins Formula
H-Varicose Veins Formula is specially formulated from 100% natural ingredients for the safe and effective relief of varicose vein symptoms, penetrating deep into skin tissue to rapidly reduce venous congestion and discomfort.
The Formula is applied topically around and above varicose veins with a cotton swab or with your finger. The formula is concentrated, so only a few drops are necessary and of course full instructions will be included with the product.
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