Varicose veins are an unsightly and sometimes painful condition that appear as we age or after a pregnancy. Other times, they appear in individuals who have a genetic predisposition for them, or individuals who stand for long periods of time during their day. They occur when the walls of the vein become stretched and less flexible and allow a backflow of blood that accumulates and becomes swollen and then externally visible.
Unfortunately, there are no guaranteed ways to prevent varicose veins. You can, however, work on improving your circulation and muscle tone to reduce the risk of developing varicose veins or getting additional ones. The following things will help:
- Watching your weight
- Eating a high-fiber, low-salt diet
- Avoiding high heels and tight clothing
- Elevating your legs
- Changing your sitting or standing position regularly
If you suffer from swelling or pain in your legs from varicose veins, or just don’t like the appearance, the VCU Baird Vascular Institute can help. Varicose veins are not just unsightly, but painful and, if left untreated, can progress to become serious health problems.
VCU Baird Vascular Institute vascular specialists are experts in evaluating and treating varicose veins. Our interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons work hand-in-hand to treat patients with varicose veins using the latest technology available, with treatment tailored to your specific needs.