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Can Varicose Veins Cause Pain and Discomfort?

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Stay with your legs elevated for at least 15 minutes at a time — that should help reduce the swelling and ease the pain.

Exercise and stretch your legs

Short exercise to stretch your calf muscles a few times a day could also be helpful. Flex your feet frequently, especially during long trips when your leg room is limited.

If you have to sit or stand in your job, change position at least every 30 minutes and bend knees regularly.

Proper hydration and physical movement supports healthy blood circulation, so drink enough water and move around as frequently as possible.

Use cold water

If your legs are in pain at the end of the day, shower them with cold water. Cool temperatures cause blood vessels to shrink. This should alleviate swelling and the associated feeling of heaviness, as well as overall discomfort and leg cramps.

Avoid taking hot baths and spending time in hot tubs. Heat has a negative effect on your veins, and the throbbing pain can become even worse if you spend too much time in hot water.

Preventing pain

As with many other chronic conditions, prevention is paramount. Wearing special compression hosiery can prevent symptoms such as swelling and heavy legs, allowing you to avoid painful cramps toward the end of the day and at night. Putting on compression stockings in the morning before you start walking is key to enjoying the benefits. Once blood starts pooling around your ankles, even compression hosiery won’t be as effective for helping heavy, achy legs.

High heels and tight clothing won’t make your varicose veins feel any better either. They put too much pressure on different areas of your body and constrict blood flow. Try to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, especially if you expect to be on your feet the entire day.

When to see a doctor

If your varicose veins are causing pain and discomfort on a regular basis, talk to your doctor. Varicose veins tend to get worse over time. So treating the underlying condition could result in a more effective solution to your pain than a temporary fix of the symptoms.

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