Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that are very close to the surface of the skin. They can range from very small to very large and painful, and are most commonly found on the legs and feet. When the valves and veins are weakened and aren’t able to get all the blood back to the heart, the blood collects in the legs and causes varicose veins.
Varicose veins can be hereditary, are very common in pregnant women and those that are overweight. Some mild symptoms include: burning, itching, or tired legs. Also, swelling of the feet and legs. More severe symptoms are: Calf pain and swelling after standing, skin changes, such as: discoloration, thinning of the skin, scaling, dry skin and inflammation.
If your varicose veins have been bothering you, try these home remedies to help keep the problem from getting more serious.
- Wear compression stockings.These can help with swelling and increase circulation and blood flow.
- Elevate your feet everyday for 20-30 minutes.
- Avoid standing and sitting for long periods of time. If your job requires you to sit or stand all day, make sure to take breaks and move around as often as possible.
- Exercise will help with blood flow. Also, working to stay at or get at a healthy weight will really help improve those varicose veins.
- Along with exercise is eating healthy. Those two go hand in hand, and although they won’t necessarily eliminate your varicose veins, they can help decrease the pain and irritation.
If you still aren’t having any luck, and are suffering from pain because of your varicose veins go see your doctor for more help. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle LLC we want you to be healthy and happy. Dr. Evan Merrill is ready to help you get back on your feet and help with whatever foot and ankle ailments you may have. Make an appointment online or call 541-776-3338.