If you want to avoid painful and ugly problems with your legs, then you should learn right away about the causes of varicose veins and how to avoid their development. If veins in the legs have been damaged or they are under increased pressure, there is a possibility of varicose veins becoming a problem. Venous insufficiency is also a cause of varicose veins. Actions toward prevention (and effective treatment if you have developed them already,) will help you maintain and improve the overall health of your body. Medical centres can offer you assistance, treatments, and products for relieving the symptoms associated with venous leg conditions.
Why Varicose Veins Develop and Who They Target
Unfortunately, varicose veins are in the genes of some of us. You might have been born with weak vein walls or or defective valves in the veins. These conditions can also develop as you get older. Women are more likely than men to develop them. The wear and tear of daily life can cause damage or pressure to the veins in our legs. Pregnancy is when some women develop varicose veins, but may have them disappear after giving birth as the body heals. In less common instances, there are other serious health issues that are the cause of varicose veins. Very rarely, a person could have tumors, abnormal blood vessels (called arteriovenous fistulas) between the arteries and veins, and blockages or blood clots in deep veins. It is more common for the varicose vein to occur under the skin with much less serious associated symptoms.
Another condition that can cause varicose veins is called venous insufficiency, which occurs when blood flow from our legs has a hard time making its way back to the heart. The culprits for this condition are valves in the legs which don’t work well, causing a build up or pooling of fluid in the legs. Avoiding this condition (or improving it if you already have been diagnosed) involves: losing weight if you need to, stop smoking, exercise more, and practicing good healthy habits.
Prevention and Care of Varicose Veins
So what can you do to prevent varicose veins or improve your condition if you already have them? Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Elevate your legs when you are sitting or lying down. Eat healthy and exercise. You should follow your doctor’s instructions about treating varicose veins, especially if you have developed any complications with them. Be sure to take medicines properly and inform your health care providers if there is any change in your condition.
Treatments and Care for Varicose Veins
Support stockings are one of the prescribed treatments for varicose veins. Health care providers like us can prescribe a combination of compression therapy and garments to provide relief from varicose veins. There are four different levels of compression stockings available. We provide light to extra firm pressure depending on the level that meets your need (your doctor or therapist can assist you with the selection of this garment.) Oriole Physiotherapy is located at: 1100 Sheppard Ave E, Suite #204, North York, ON M2K 2W1. You can call us today for an appointment to discuss your leg health or to make an appointment at (416) 221-0772.