If you have varicose veins, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to help reduce their size and keep them from making your legs sore. If so, you may want to try to change the following habits that could make your varicose veins worse over time.
1. Staying in One Position for Too Long
One daily habit that can put a strain on your varicose veins is staying in one position for too long. Whether you have to stand at a counter all day for work or sit in an office chair, keeping yourself in that position for hours can wreak habit on your legs' circulatory system.
If you stand for too long, gravity keeps the blood from efficiently flowing back to your heart. Or, if you sit for too long, the angles created at your knees and joints can partially occlude blood flow. Either way, the blood will start pooling inside and putting pressure on the walls the already weakened varicose veins, making them grow in size.
Whenever possible, change your position. If you have to stand all day at work, sit down when it comes time for your break. Or, do calf raises to constrict the muscles and encourage blood flow. If you are required to sit most of the day, get up at least once every hour, even if it is to stretch in one place. Even walking to the break room or bathroom can help increase blood flow and relieve the pressure in your veins.
2. Crossing Your Legs While Sitting
Whenever you sit down, pay attention to how you position your legs. Do you find that you cross them every time, even if it is just placing your foot across your thigh? If so, you are putting pressure on the veins in your legs.
If you cross your legs, even loosely, you are reducing the blood's ability to flow freely through the veins as it makes it way back to your heart. Any reduction in the flow of blood will cause it to stagnate. And, since some of your veins are already loose and weak, the blood will more easily pool in these areas, leading to larger and sorer varicose veins.
Changing the above habits could help keep your varicose veins from getting any worse. However, if they continue to grow in size or start causing you discomfort, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss any available vein therapy treatment options.