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Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?

The underlying conditions described above usually make ‘curing' varicose veins impossible, however certain measures may help relieve discomfort from existing varicose veins and prevent others from arising:

Exercise regularly to improve leg strength and circulation (walking is ideal).

Avoid standing for long periods of time.

Avoid sitting for long periods of time by taking short walks every 30 minutes. If possible, try to elevate your legs.

Control weight to avoid placing increased pressure on leg circulation.

Avoid clothing which limits the use of the calf muscles (e.g. high heels) or restricts blood flow in the groin or calf.

Since the above measures do not treat the underlying cause of the disease, varicose veins will usually enlarge and worsen over time.

Legs and feet may begin to swell and sensations of pain, heaviness, burning or tenderness may occur. If and when this happens, consult your physician immediately.

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