Once you have varicose veins, there is nothing you can do to get rid of them at home. However, you can take measures, such as doing regular leg exercises, to help lessen the symptoms of pain and edema associated with varicose veins. Located in Bellevue and serving Sandusky, Fremont, and Norwalk, Ohio, the board-certified radiologists at Vein and Body Specialists offer effective leg exercise plans for varicose vein prevention and maintenance. Our highly-skilled specialists are known for providing caring, courteous, and expert service.
What Are Leg Exercises?
In terms of venous disease, leg exercises are short, prescribed routines for you to do at home. These exercises are selected to help promote circulation, minimize symptoms of vein disease and keep complications of varicose veins at bay. Regular leg exercise is proven to promote healthy blood flow and to get rid of some symptoms, such as pain and swelling in the legs caused by varicose veins.
What Can I Expect From Leg Exercises?
Leg exercises are simple, effective routines. For many, they involve regular walking and aerobic activity to enhance blood flow in the legs and promote healthy circulation in your whole body. Additionally, our specialists may recommend some more focused leg exercises based on your needs and symptoms.
Who Is A Candidate For At-Home Leg Exercise?
Statistically, vein disease is one of the most common diagnosed conditions in the United States. With its vast prevalence, it is important to understand how to prevent this condition from developing into something more serious like a blood clot or open area (ulcer). You can determine if you are at risk for developing significant vein disease by considering if the following factors apply to you:
- Multiple pregnancies
- Family history of vein disease
- Frequent long trips in car or airplane
- Varicose veins and/or spider veins
- Itchy, red patches over varicose or spider veins
- History of blood clots
- Greater than 40 years of age
What Leg Exercises Can I Start Today?
We are thrilled you have the motivation to start your journey to better vein health. To begin, we encourage you to get 30 minutes of aerobic activity, such as walking, jogging or even dancing, per day. Additionally, try doing the following routine on a daily basis:
While sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time (especially in a car or airplane), raise your heel off of the ground to pump your calf muscle. The calf muscle works like the heart for pumping blood, but instead of pumping blood through the arteries, it pumps blood through the veins. The calf pumping blood through the veins helps control the negative effects of gravity at the lower leg and ankle.
Vein and Body Specialists understands that even slight venous symptoms can be troublesome and inconvenient. We strongly encourage patients suffering with symptoms to try leg exercises. Just 5 minutes of calf raises each hour while sitting or standing for prolonged periods can truly benefit your circulation and prevent pain and complications from varicose veins. Patients in and around Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Ohio can trust our board-certified radiologists to recommend the most effective leg exercise plan for you. Contact us today for a consultation!