There are a number of reasons varicose veins develop. Some of the most common risk factors include age, genetics, gender (women), pregnancy, and prolonged periods of standing. It may not be possible to avoid having varicose veins altogether, but there are a few ways to help your varicose veins from becoming worse.
Of course, living as healthy a lifestyle as possible should always be part of a disease-prevention plan. One of the best ways to prevent varicose veins is walking.
Another way to help prevent varicose veins is to avoid long periods of sitting or standing. When you are sitting in the same position for a long time, the blood in your legs has a hard time circulating, which causes pressure on the veins resulting in swelling and pain. It’s always best to stand and move around as much as possible to keep your blood circulating.
If you have inherited the tendency toward varicose veins, it is especially helpful for you to not stand for long periods of time. It is also a good idea to avoid crossing your legs while sitting because it adds pressure to the veins. See Dr. O’Gorman, our vein specialist in Mobile, AL, to find out if you’re a candidate for vascular treatment.