The following protocol may provide some relief to those suffering from painful varicose veins/vein disease so it’s best to start with your conservative care as soon as you develop symptoms of bulging veins or tired, achy legs. It’s also important to note that many insurance plans will provide medical coverage for vein treatment only after a patient has undergone 3-12 weeks of conservative therapy (depending on the plan).
Elevate the affected leg(s) with your feet higher than your heart. This will help the blood flow more easily in the right direction, back up towards your heart, while also alleviating some swelling.
Ideally, these should be prescription-grade compression stockings that our practice will professionally fit for you, as these work by compressing the veins and assisting with pushing the blood back up and out of the legs, and they also work to reduce the amount of swelling you are experiencing.
Avoid Sitting or Standing for Long Periods of Time
The venous blood must flow up and out of the legs, which is against gravity when we are standing or sitting. Intermittent periods of walking will engage the leg muscles to help return blood to the heart.
Even short bouts of walking or leg exercises keep the blood in your legs flowing and can provide some symptom relief.