If you suffer from varicose veins, you’ll know how painful this condition can be. One thing’s for sure, you’re not alone in your discomfort. Up to three in ten adults in the UK have this medical condition, which can cause anything from aching, heavy legs to swollen feet and ankles, muscle cramps and dry skin.
Simple ways to ease the symptoms
The good news is, there are simple steps you can take to help ease your symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. For example, making sure you get regular exercise may help to improve your circulation and lessen any pain. If you’re not sure what sort of activities to try out, you can ask your doctor for advice.
It’s also important to avoid standing up for long periods of time as this exacerbates the condition. If possible, take plenty of opportunities to sit down and take the weight off - whether you’re at home or in work.
If you’re not already doing so, consider using compression socks too. These simple but effective garments are designed to steadily squeeze your legs and improve your circulation. Because they are tightest at the ankle and gradually get looser as they go further up the leg, they help to encourage blood to flow upwards towards the heart. These socks can help to relieve pain and minimise swelling. Bear in mind that they come in different sizes and pressures, and it’s important that you find the right versions for you. Most people with varicose veins are prescribed class 1 (light compression) or class 2 (medium compression) versions.
Another top tip is to elevate your legs when resting. Our riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds can help you do this with ease when you’re sitting or lying down. As an added bonus, our chairs and beds feature a built in massage function that can help to boost circulation and relieve pain. For more information about our furniture, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team.
Know when to see a doctor
By following these basic self-care tips, you may well be able to keep this medical condition under control yourself. However, it’s important to realise that in some cases, extra help is needed. If you find your varicose veins are still causing you problems or you’re experiencing complications, you’ll need to arrange an appointment with a doctor. There are a range of treatments available, and vascular specialists will be able to guide you through your options.
The most common treatments are endothermal ablation (which involves using heat to seal affected veins), ligation and stripping (using surgery to remove veins) and sclerotherapy (using foam to close veins).
The important thing when it comes to varicose veins is that you know your options and understand how best to control or tackle the problem. There is plenty of advice and information available on the web and your doctor will be able to answer any questions that you may have.