Varicose Veins Prevention and Maintenance in Bellevue, OH
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Varicose Vein Prevention
Once you develop varicose veins, there isn't anything you can do to get rid of them at home. However, you can take measures to help lessen the pain and swelling associated with varicose veins. At-home measures are also integral to ensuring vein treatments are successful and long-term. Located in Bellevue and serving Sandusky, Fremont, and Norwalk, Ohio, the board-certified radiologists at Vein & Body Specialists offer effective varicose vein prevention and maintenance methods. Our highly-skilled specialists are known for providing caring, courteous, and expert service.
What Do I Need to Prevent and Maintain Varicose Veins?
More than half of adults will develop a venous disease at some point in their lifetime. Once they emerge, venous conditions are challenging to treat at home. In fact, there is no known way to get rid of varicose veins without professional intervention. Instead, we encourage you to be proactive about your vein health at the earliest signs of venous symptoms.
Being vigilant about at-home vein care may help delay varicose veins from forming and can lessen the pain and swelling associated with varicose veins.
What Can I Do to Prevent and Maintain Varicose Veins?
At Vein & Body Specialists, we have several recommendations to make at-home varicose vein prevention and maintenance effective and worthwhile. These methods include:
- Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity is one of the most significant contributing factors to vein disease. Maintaining a healthy and stable weight can help lessen the pain and swelling related to varicose veins.
- Eat a healthy diet: It seems almost all health conditions can be prevented somewhat by eating food high in nutrition. We recommend eating a low-sodium diet that is high in fiber for excellent vein health.
- Exercise regularly: Lack of exercise is a risk factor for developing vein disease, especially blood clots in varicose veins. Be sure to move your body daily and find an activity you enjoy and can do regularly. Even walking for a half hour daily can significantly reduce your chances of developing vein disease.
- Avoid sitting and standing for an extended period: It’s common for people to sit or stand for prolonged periods in the workplace. Prolonged sitting can cause blood clots to form in varicose veins too. Setting a timer can help you remember to take “body breaks” in which you should move, stretch and walk (even in place) for a few minutes. Take a five-minute break every hour or a 10-minute break every two hours. Office yoga is also an excellent option to avoid stagnancy.
- Compression stockings: We offer compression stockings for varicose vein symptom relief and maintenance before and after vein treatment. Compression stockings help to treat and prevent swelling while providing extra support for areas that may have extra pressure due to venous disease.
- Leg exercises: After an initial consultation, our board-certified radiologist can prescribe a series of straightforward lower leg exercises based on your unique symptoms and needs for treatment. These exercises should be performed daily at home for maximum effect.
What are Compression Stockings?
These stockings are simple garments that apply pressure to the affected area, legs, and ankles to prevent swelling, blood clots, and leg heaviness. Compression stockings help to improve circulation by gently squeezing the leg to help the blood flow properly. Patients with symptoms of vein disease or who have just undergone vein treatment typically wear compression stockings to aid in treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Compression Stockings?
If you have varicose veins that do not require immediate professional treatment, you are a candidate to wear compression stockings. You are also a candidate for compression stockings if you underwent professional vein treatment to help maximize results and minimize the likelihood of any complications.
Who Is Not a Candidate for Compression Stockings?
We may recommend vein treatment in addition to compression stockings if you have vein disease symptoms and conditions. Compression stockings are not a replacement for the proper treatment of significant vein disease.
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Not enough thank you’s in the world for the treatment I’ve received over the year for my vein issues. Dr West and staff have been so helpful and so kind every time I walk through the door. My legs are not only feeling better but looking so much better!! I’m amazed at the rather simple procedures to rid me of these ugly and painful varicose veins! Highly recommend this office
Very nice place to be treated for varicose veins and other personal enhancement issues. Everyone is very nice and helpful. I have just started going here, but it seems like I will be happy I picked Vein and Body!
I have been here for Coolsculpting treatments and for treatments on my varicose veins. I am extremely pleased with the practice, the staff and my overall experience. I definitely recommend them!
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How Long Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings?
If you’ve just had vein treatment at our office, we recommend wearing compression stockings for at least one week following your treatment. If you are wearing compression stockings for preventative reasons, we recommend wearing compression stockings as much as needed. For some, this means wearing compression stockings when traveling or for long periods of sitting or standing. Many people enjoy the reprieve from leg heaviness, swelling, and achiness that compression stockings provide and choose to wear them regularly.
Are Compression Stockings Safe?
At Vein & Body Specialists, we only utilize the safest and most effective treatments for vein disease, symptoms, and conditions. Compression stocking garments are a safe way to maintain and prevent varicose veins from progressing into more difficult-to-treat conditions, such as an open area (ulcer) that will not heal. While compression stockings are proven safe and effective, please remember that they are not a professional treatment replacement. If you think you may need professional treatment in addition to compression stockings, contact us today for a consultation. We offer many effective and safe in-office treatments to address the signs and symptoms of varicose veins and their underlying causes.
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What Are Leg Exercises?
Regarding venous disease, leg exercises are short, prescribed routines for you to utilize at home. These exercises are selected to help promote circulation, minimize vein disease symptoms and keep varicose veins' complications at bay. Regular leg exercise is proven to promote healthy blood flow and reduce some symptoms, such as pain and swelling in the legs caused by varicose veins.
What Can I Expect From Leg Exercises?
Leg exercises are simple, effective routines. For many, they involve regular walking and aerobic activity to enhance blood flow in the legs and promote healthy circulation in your whole body. Additionally, our specialists may recommend more focused leg exercises based on your needs and symptoms.
Who Is a Candidate for At-Home Leg Exercise?
Statistically, vein disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the United States. With its vast prevalence, it is crucial to understand how to prevent this condition from developing into something more serious like a blood clot or open area (ulcer). You can determine if you are at risk for developing significant vein disease by considering if the following factors apply to you:
- Multiple pregnancies
- Family history of vein disease
- Frequent long trips by car or airplane
- Varicose veins and/or spider veins
- Itchy, red patches over varicose or spider veins
- History of blood clots
- Greater than 40 years of age
What Leg Exercises Can I Start Today?
We are thrilled you have the motivation to start your journey to better vein health. To begin, we encourage you to get 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day, such as walking, jogging, or even dancing. Additionally, try doing the following daily routine: While sitting or standing for prolonged periods (especially in a car or airplane), raise your heel off the ground to pump your calf muscle. The calf muscle works like the heart to pump blood, but instead of pumping blood through the arteries, it pumps blood through the veins. The calf pumping blood through the veins helps control the adverse effects of gravity on the lower leg and ankle.
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At Vein & Body Specialists, we understand that even slight venous symptoms can be troublesome and inconvenient; as a result, we offer compression stockings to all candidates. We strongly encourage patients suffering from symptoms to try leg exercises. Just 5 minutes of calf raises each hour while sitting or standing for prolonged periods can genuinely benefit your circulation and prevent pain and complications from varicose veins. Patients in and around Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk, and the surrounding communities in Ohio can trust our board-certified radiologists to recommend the most effective varicose vein prevention and maintenance plan for you. Contact us today for a consultation!