Tips for Reducing Varicose Veins

If you have ever experienced varicose veins or spider veins, you know how annoying, and sometimes painful, they can be. Simply put, varicose veins are any veins that become enlarged, and most commonly occur in the legs and feet from the pressure put on them by standing and walking.

Oftentimes these varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern, but they can also cause pain and discomfort. Varicose veins can also signal an increased risk of developing other circulatory problems, so they should not be ignored.

If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, there are a number of things that can be done to lower the recurrence of varicose veins once they’ve been removed with treatments.


One simple yet effective way to improve the health of your veins and encourage circulation is good old-fashioned exercise. Weak muscles don’t pump blood as well as strong ones do, so weight training may prove effective for your varicose veins. Be sure not to participate in high-impact activities for three weeks after you have a varicose vein treatment.

Elevate Your Legs

This may be difficult to do during the day, but can be done at night on the couch or bed by placing two or three pillows underneath your feet for 30 minutes while lying down.

Avoid Hot Water

A hot bath, hot tub or sauna often helps with a variety of medical issues, but this is not the case with varicose veins. In fact, you are more likely to feel uncomfortable after soaking in hot water. Being exposed to heat causes your veins to dilate and enlarge. For the same reasons you should limit exposure to the sun.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are often prescribed as a preventative measure following varicose vein treatments, but they can be purchased and worn before formal medical treatments begin. The compression helps with overall circulation by preventing blood from pooling in the leg veins. Many different styles, colors, and textures are available.

Varicose Vein Treatments in Phoenix

The Morrison Vein Institute offers several treatment options for varicose and spider veins including:

  • VNUS ClosureT
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
  • Endovenous Chemical Ablation (EVCA)
  • Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins and aren’t satisfied with the natural treatment tips mentioned above, Morrison Vein Institute has the solution for you.

Contact us today to learn more about a variety of varicose vein treatment options in the Tempe, Arizona area.

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