If you are suffering from varicose veins, then a lot of your daily activities can have a direct impact on its severity. It includes the food you eat and the clothes you wear. Yes, the type of clothes you wear impact the varicose veins directly. Read along to know more about it.
You might have read that compression garments provide relief to the pain caused by varicose veins but what about the other clothes you wear. However the clothes are not the reason behind you suffering from varicose veins, but if you have this problem, then certain materials can worsen your situation. Don’t panic! There is no need to change or replace the entire wardrobe, you just have to bring 1-2 new clothes and stock up some of the old ones.
What not to wear?
As you know, compression stockings have been a great option to fight against varicose veins, but other tightly fitted clothes such as Spanx, garters, tight elastic socks, girdles, and hard to believe, skinny jeans cause harm to the people who suffer from venous disorders.
The reason behind this is that they tend to cut off or restrict blood circulation in your lower extremities, causing varicose veins to proliferate. With a reduced flow in the legs, blood collected in the area that is farther from your heart. It can lead to more significant pain, negative sensation, and aching.
Below is the stuff that you need to remove from your wardrobe:
Wearing high heels often can get your veins and leg appearance in trouble without harming your health. People who wear high heels frequently tend to have higher chances to suffer from varicose veins and spider veins than those who avoid it, as it changes your natural way of walking.
When you wear heels, your legs, especially toes, have to bear more weight, making your calf muscles contract. It becomes difficult for the blood to flow smoothly, hence may result in varicose veins. In some cases, varicose veins have been proven dangerous to one’s health, resulting in ulcerated skin and blood clots
Though, there is no need to quit your favourite high heels altogether. All you have to do is to take care of your legs and wear heels at special events only that too for a short duration of time. If you find any difficulty or pain in your leg or find any related symptoms, visit a varicose veins specialist at the earliest.
Avoid wearing Skinny Jeans frequently
You might love your skinny jeans, and it sure looks great on you, but do you know that skinny or too tight clothes can affect your blood circulation and get your pelvic area at risk. As improver flow of blood can cause it to pool, hence increases the risk of varicose veins. However, wearing skinny jeans on a rare occasion can aid you to combat this issue and let you feel great in your favourite clothes.
Say Bye to girdles for a while
Needless to say, girdles or belts are very tight. So if you are suffering from varicose veins or any venous disorder, use girdles with care as it can damage the veins.
Now, you might have understood that you need to remove or reduce the usage of all tight fits from your wardrobe.
So, here the point of discussion is if all these clothes need to avoid then what to wear instead. Well, let’s have a look:
There are a lot of clothes that people suffer from varicose veins wear without impacting their condition. For example, compression stockings. It is considered as an ideal choice for the people who can’t wear tights due to veins problem. Compression stocking stimulates blood flow hence relieve a few symptoms of varicose veins.
As varicose veins are easily visible veins and located just beneath the skin surface, the compression stocking is an excellent alternative for it. Compression stockings help with painful symptoms and hiding appearance caused by varicose veins.
Compression stockings are highly recommended by varicose veins specialists to improve circulation, reduce discomfort, and prevent varicose veins from spreading or getting worse.
Modern compression stockings are designed to put constant pressure on the legs and look more sophisticated, it also helps to flow blood back towards the heart. Usually, stockings exert more influence in feet and ankles, helps in smoothly promoting blood flow.
It has been found in the studies that some varicose veins symptoms can be treated with compression stockings, but some believe that using socks only can’t eliminate them. There are different types of stockings available that exert pressure on different parts.
Here are various types of stocking mentioned that you can use as required. The right kind of stockings and the precise pressure entirely depends on the type, number, and underlying cause of varicose veins.
The three main types of stockings are:
a. Support pantyhose: This type of stocking exerts some pressure but considered as the least tight one.
b. Prescription Compression Stocking: These are recommended by specialists and exert the maximum amount of pressure. PCSs are competent enough to keep the blood circulation in your body smooth.
c. Compression Socks: This exerts more pressure than support pantyhose but less than prescription compression stockings. There is a wide range of strains available at the pharmacies, drugstores, and online stores to choose from.
Typically, stockings are thigh-high or knee-high. The later one promotes blood circulation in your lower leg while you exercise. Some doctors recommend thigh-high stockings to people suffering from varicose veins as it can prevent blood clots after surgeries, such as knee replacement. Along with that, leggings and looser tights are also some good options.
Even if you are not suffering or at significant risk of having varicose veins, prefer wearing loose-fitting over tights as a breathable clothing option.
As we have discussed the type of clothes that should be avoided and used, let’s find out some preventive measures for varicose veins or spider veins.
To prevent varicose veins, start walking for 30 minutes daily, avoid prolonged standing, and keep yourself healthy.
The final touch
If you have the slightest doubt that you are suffering from vein damage, then book an appointment with a specialist immediately. A vein specialist will review the options available for this treatment that might include intense pulsed light, sclerotherapy, surgery, endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), or radiofrequency occlusion. All these options can help you cure varicose veins and reduce its appearance on the affected area.
Dr. Abhilash Sandhyala is one of the best vascular surgeons in Hyderabad. He is a well-known specialist for varicose veins. He has successfully treated varicose veins for more than 5,000 patients. He has been performing the EVLT procedure for the past 4 years with great results.
You can visit Flow Vascular clinic at H.No: 2-22-298/2/A, Sree Krishna Diagnostic Center Building, 2nd Floor, Beside Kalamandir, KPHB Main Road, Kukatpally, Hyderabad. You can also book an appointment on https://www.drabhilash.com/book-an-appointment/ or call on (+91) 99896 49498, 99590 33037.
Visit https://www.drabhilash.com/ to know more about the treatment options for varicose veins.