Archive for November, 2009

Stop Varicose Veins

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Varicose veins are often inherited. If your mother has them, there’s a good chance you will, too. Here are some tips you can do to keep them in check:

  • Avoid standing still for long periods. If you have no choice, keep your calf muscles, rising up and down on your toes, and squeezing your feet together in your shoes.
  • Avoid wearing knee-high nylons or socks daily. They can block the movement of blood up the leg.
  • Wear support hose. These stockings apply a gentle, graduated pressure to the leg from the foot upward, which help decrease expansion of the vein wall.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes every day.
  • Exercise with care. A well-toned leg muscle will pump out more blood than a weak muscle as you walk or move. When you lift heavy weights, however, make sure you blow out. Increased abdominal pressure can block the flow of the heart, forcing your veins to expand to get around the block.