Self-care tips for varicose veins

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Self-care tips for varicose veins 

If you have varicose veins, try to improve circulation:

• Wear compression stockings

Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach to try before other treatments. These stockings are sold at most

pharmacies and medical supply stores. Using a tape measure, you or your pharmacist can measure your legs to ensure you get the right size and fit according to the size chart on the package.

• Walk

Walking is a great way to get the blood circulating in your legs. Ask your doctor about an appropriate activity level for you.

• Elevate your legs

When sitting or lying down, elevate your legs above the level of your heart. Do this 10 to 15 minutes three or four times daily.

• Don’t sit or stand for long periods

Change your position frequently. During long car trips, stop

to take a brief walk every couple of hours. On flights, walk through the cabin about once every hour. Don’t sit with your legs crossed. Remember to wear your compression stockings when traveling.

• Watch what your wear

Panty-leg girdles can restrict circulation. Avoid high heels.

Control your weight

Being overweight puts extra pressure on your veins.