Self-care, or home treatment, is recommended for most
varicose veins. Home treatment can relieve symptoms and slow down the progress of
varicose veins. For many people, home treatment is the only
treatment they need.
Exercise can help relieve symptoms and slow the progression of varicose veins by improving blood circulation in your legs.
High-impact exercises such as running may be uncomfortable
for people with varicose veins.
Staying at a healthy weight, and losing weight if you need to, may help relieve symptoms caused by your varicose
veins. Being overweight can increase the swelling and discomfort
For more information, see the topic Weight Management.
When you elevate your legs, ideally at or above heart level, it helps
keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs and improves blood flow to the
rest of your body.
There are simple ways to improve the blood flow in your legs
and prevent or improve
Sitting or standing still for long periods of time puts added stress
on the veins in your legs.
Compression stockings are a main treatment for varicose veins that are causing symptoms. They improve circulation and help relieve symptoms.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
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