Winter care for varicose veins

Is the cold weather causing your varicose veins to act up? You’re not alone. A chilly winter can take a toll on your entire body and can be especially tough on your veins. Whether from spending most of your time indoors or indulging in too many holiday treats, the season can worsen the symptoms of your venous disease and take a toll on your legs. Thankfully, there are a few strategies for these uncomfortable, unsightly symptoms. Keep reading to find out our favorite methods for winter leg care.

1. Exercise Regularly

Though it’s tempting to relax at home with a cup of cocoa during winter, make time to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Physical activity improves your blood circulation, which can relieve irritation from varicose veins. A sedentary lifestyle makes it harder for your body to push blood back to your heart. Winter cardio options include swimming laps at a local pool, doing a Pilates DVD or taking brisk walks in the fresh air.

2. Eat Right

Love treats? Unfortunately, regular indulgence could be causing inflammation in your body, which doesn’t help already irritated legs. Include lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and lean proteins in your diet, alongside the occasional sugary extravagance. Health, after all, is about balance, not deprivation!

3. Moisturize Dry Skin

Moisturizing your dry, irritated skin is a key part of winter leg care. Venous diseases can cause unsightly changes in your skin’s texture and appearance. While moisturizer can’t treat your veins directly, it helps improve the affected skin area. Thoroughly massage the lotion into your skin to stimulate blood circulation.

4. Elevate your Feet

Whether you’re walking or sitting, the law of gravity means blood pools in your legs. A few times a day, sit down, relax and put your feet up on a stool or cushions. By thwarting gravity, you will divert blood flow and ease swelling. You can also tuck pillows under your feet and legs to enjoy the same benefit while you sleep.

5. Use an Ice Pack

Just as you might ice a painful bump on your head, applying a cold pack to your legs can inhibit blood flow to the area to minimize swelling and discomfort. (Wrap the cold pack or bag of ice in a cloth so it won’t irritate your skin.) Don’t overdo it: 15 minutes at a time is sufficient.

6. Try Compression Stockings

Available at many pharmacies and stores, compression stockings improve your leg circulation. The stockings gently squeeze your legs, forcing blood toward your heart so it doesn’t uncomfortably pool in your veins. Vein specialists at VeinInnovations can measure your legs to provide the perfect fit for your stockings, ensuring the maximum improved blood flow while you’re wearing them.

7. Schedule Treatments

Winter is the perfect season to schedule medical treatments for varicose and spider veins. Treatments may cause slight bruising or redness, and you may have to wear compression stockings after ablation therapies. Though some patients feel self-conscious about their legs’ appearance, winter clothing masks these issues. Winter treatment means that you’ll be ready to flaunt your healthy legs when the warm weather arrives.

Are you ready to get serious about winter leg care? With a team of acclaimed physicians, VeinInnovations offers world-class venous disease treatments with maximum results and minimal pain. Contact our offices today, and a team member can answer your questions. We can’t wait to welcome you to VeinInnovations.