Varicose veins can be unsightly and even painful. They are veins that become twisted and enlarged. They can cause discoloration to the skin, as well. Some people feel discomfort with varicose veins while others do not feel them at all. Weak or damaged valves are to blame for varicose veins. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, while veins function to return the blood to the heart. When the valves in the veins malfunction, blood can flow backward and pool in the veins. This causes a knotted, bulging appearance that is bothersome for many people. It is common for people to notice their varicose veins in the legs, particularly since there is more pressure displaced here.
For many people, varicose veins and spider veins—a common, mild variation of varicose veins—are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, they cause discomfort or even pain. Varicose vein pain can intensify if standing or sitting too long. It is often described as:
At-home treatment of varicose veins involves preventative self-care measures. The 2 most common ways to treat and prevent varicose veins are through diet and exercise.
Eating a high-fiber, low-salt diet has been shown to improve bowel function and reduce water retention. When bowels aren’t functioning properly, constipation can occur. This leads to straining in order to pass stool which creates intra abdominal pressure. This pressure aggravates damaged vein valves, making varicose veins worse. Water retention is another culprit. The increase in blood volume creates extra pressure on the vein valves, resulting in further valve irritation. Adding flavonoids to your diet has been linked to better cardiovascular health. It’s been shown to improve blood circulation and reduce arterial pressure. Foods that are great sources of flavonoids include citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, berries like blueberries and strawberries, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, and garlic.
Physical activity is another great in-home treatment option—and prevention method—for varicose veins. The more movement in your daily activities, the better your blood will circulate. Even low impact exercises—like walking, swimming, cycling, stretching—can help reverse or reduce the appearance and pain associated with varicose veins.
Sometimes, at-home and preventive self care measures alone aren’t enough. If this is the case, you can seek out a specialized vein doctor to discuss your options. There are a myriad of vein procedures available that might be able to help your condition.
So, what is the cause of varicose veins? There are a lot of factors that can contribute to this condition. The most common include pregnancy, standing, or sitting, for long periods of time, and obesity. As we discussed, varicose veins are usually caused by weak or damaged valves. If you are eating a healthy, nutritious diet and getting plenty of exercise, yet still experiencing pain and discomfort from your varicose veins, talk to your doctor.
If you are seriously considering varicose veins treatment, BASS Vein Center would be more than happy to help address your situation. Call them at (925) 281-5912 or click here to set up an appointment. The insecurity, discomfort, and other issues that come with varicose veins can be difficult to handle. Don’t go about it alone. Let BASS Vein Center help you to handle the issue with experience, compassion, and professionalism.