Varicose Veins Prevention | Varicose Risk Factors | St. Louis
It is impossible to prevent an inherited tendency towards having varicose veins, but it is certainly possible to take measures that will help in preventing varicose veins’ symptoms until treatment can be arranged.
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Varicose Veins Prevention for the Genetically Inclined
When looking to prevent varicose veins, remember that varicose veins are veins that have been stretched so often that they have become chronically dilated. Therefore, when preventing varicose veins, the key is to limit the opportunity to distend the veins. That means individuals with a strong family history of varicose veins can benefit from wearing medical compression stockings and making some minor lifestyle changes.
Varicose Veins Prevention with Lifestyle Changes
Varicose veins prevention may be assisted by avoiding occupations that require prolonged standing and being careful about how you sit. Always try to sit in a chair that is low enough or with the seat tilted in such a manner that there is little or no pressure on the back of the thighs.
Do not sit for prolonged periods of time. Do get up and walk around to speed up circulation through your veins, and it is important for women who are pregnant to wear compression stockings at least during the last trimester of pregnancy. Regular exercise such as walking and keeping your ideal body weight also may be helpful in preventing or lessening the symptoms of varicose veins.
Preventing Varicose Veins with Compression Stockings
Proper medical-grade compression stockings are only available with a doctor’s prescription. Dr. Wright can help you select the right compression stockings in St. Louis. Gradient Compression stockings are designed to apply maximum pressure on the leg starting at the ankle. Pressure gradually lessens up the leg. This action helps accelerate the movement of blood back up through the veins and to the heart, thus assisting circulation. Click here to learn more about varicose vein treatment in St. Louis.
How Do Compression Stockings Work?
Medically accurate compression stockings push the dilated vein walls back into place, enabling the veins to close properly and helping them “pump” the blood throughout your body more efficiently. As a result, blood flow is increased, which reduces swelling, fatigue, pain and the possible formation of blood clots in the leg.
Why Is Graduated Compression So Important?
The most important component in treating and preventing vein disease is to reduce swelling. The greatest swelling is usually in the ankles, because of gravity. Since that is where the veins become weakest, that is where the pressure from a graduated compression stocking is strongest. Be careful of department store products that do not list a specific pressure. Even though some are labeled “support” or “gradient or graduated support,” they do not produce an effective amount of compression. If you are at risk, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright to discuss your varicose veins prevention options.
Today was my last treatment by Dr. Wright for varicose veins in my right calf. He was able to relieve the pain after the first treatment and, the veins have virtually disappeared. If fear is causing you to put off treatment, don’t wait any longer. At the initial exam and consultation, Dr. Wright and his assistant went out of their way to make sure I understood what was needed. They took care of getting a pre-approval from my insurance in just a few days. Scheduling was easy and, I resumed my normal activities immediately following each appointment.