If you are having swollen, painful veins in your thighs and calves which are easily visible, then, you are probably suffering from varicose veins. And, it is important for you to get your legs checked by a vascular surgeon.
Knowing about varicose veins…
Our entire body has a network of blood vessels called veins and arteries. Arteries function to supply blood to all body parts; while veins carry blood from various body parts back to the heart. A ‘varicose vein’ can occur in any vein of the body but more commonly affect the veins of the legs and feet. A dysfunction occurs in the valves of veins causing overfilling of blood in them. These veins appear as dark purple waves and are clearly visible through the skin. They may become swollen and painful. They may also cause heaviness and discomfort.
Here are some easy ways to prevent varicose veins altogether.
Lack of physical activity and excessive body weight can be enough reason to develop varicose veins. Some easy exercises can help to prevent varicose veins and can greatly favor recovery. As a thumb rule, get your body moving. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs. Your doctor can recommend an appropriate activity level for you. Waking for at least 20 – 30 minutes can be an excellent and feasible exercise for your body. Jogging, yoga, leg raises, mountain climbers and calf exercises are some of the exercises that keep a healthy blood circulation in your legs.
You need to have some mandatory inclusions in your diet that will help keep your varicose veins at bay. Here goes the list…
Fruits like oranges and lemons are a good source of fiber. Also, go for whole wheat flour bread rather than white bread. Choosing brown rice over white rice will help in avoiding varicose veins.
Rutin, a flavonoid present in fruits like apples, grapes, apricots, berries and cherries which helps in preventing varicose veins. Rutin reduces the permeability and fragility of blood vessels, thus, reducing the chance of developing varicose veins.
Keep it low salt
Maintaining a low-salt diet to prevent swelling caused by water retention.
Keep yourself well hydrated by having plenty of water during the day. This will prevent blood clot formation in your veins.
Watch your clothing
Avoid clothes which are too tight in the area of legs, thighs or groin. Such clothing can obstruct the blood flow. Also, do not go for high heels when you are planning to stand for long hours. Low heeled footwear can adequately work up your calf muscles and keep the blood circulation in order.
Avoid long periods of sitting or standing
Make sure that you change your position when sitting or standing for long periods of time. This will keep the blood flowing.
Don’t sit with your legs crossed
Some doctors believe this position can increase circulation problems.
Elevate your legs
To improve the circulation in your legs, take several short breaks daily to elevate your legs above the level of your heart. For example, lie down with your legs resting on three or four pillows.
Common symptoms of varicose veins…
If you are having varicose veins, you will experience some specific symptoms. Your legs may feel heavy, painful and you will find relief after lying down. You may experience burning, throbbing or itchy sensation around these veins. These symptoms may be aggravated on sitting or standing for long hours.
A Promising treatment option for varicose veins…
Varicose veins can definitely be brought back to normal. Various treatment options are available to cure varicose veins. Your doctor may choose one of the treatments depending on the condition of your veins. Endovenous Laser Treatment is one of the newest techniques of treating varicose veins.
Firstly, the doctor will have a look at the visible veins and the painful areas of the legs. Once this has been assessed, the doctor may get an ultrasound done to measure the blood flow in the affected veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is an excellent technique having a good success rate. The doctor will confirm all your weak veins, using a Duplex Ultrasound Scan and will determine the best place to insert the catheter. Then, the area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Once, the area has become numb, a small cut is made on the skin for the catheter and a guide-wire to pass. An optical laser fibre is then passed through the catheter. The affected veins are sealed with the help of laser energy. The entire procedure is painless and approximately takes an hour.
If you want to treat your varicose veins, consult a vascular surgeon in your town. Dr.Abhilash Sandhyala is one of the finest vascular surgeons in Hyderabad. He has successfully treated varicose veins for numerous patients.
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.