5 Important Vein Facts


#1. Walking daily is the single best thing you can do if you have varicose veins. Walking activates the calf muscle pump that pushes blood out of the legs towards the heart. Daily walks will also result in weight loss which helps varicose veins.

#2. Wearing support hose is very important in the treatment of leg veins. Support hose help by relieving the pressure inside the veins by minimizing the pooling of blood in the lower extremities.  They are often used after vein treatments.

#3. Varicose veins are caused by poorly functioning valves. They occur when the valves that keep blood flowing up the legs are damaged. Faulty valves are most often inherited but are occasionally caused by trauma or pregancy

#4. Many skin disorders of the legs are made worse by varicose veins. Pooling of blood that occurs with varicose veins affects the health of the skin and sometimes causes dermatitis of the lower legs. Occasionally skin ulcers form on the inner side of the ankles.

#5  Most people do not require surgery to eliminate their veins.  In fact surgery is now very seldom used because there are now much safer methods such as injection sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment.

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