Measures to take to prevent varicose veins

Avoid inactivity

When you stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, without walking, the blood pools in the leg veins. Avoid inactivity, not everyone can take breaks, but if you can, walk around-hourly.


Just like the heart pumps the arterial blood, the calf pumps the veins’ blood back up the leg. This occurs when you walk. If the muscle atrophies from lack of use, the ability pump the blood in the veins diminishes. This affects the ability of veins to move the blood out of the legs.

Leg Elevation

Elevate your legs periodically during the day.

Low Sodium

High salt diets cause people to retain more water. This water eventually is distributed to the body tissue, which are the most gravity-dependent areas. For people who sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, this area involves the feet and ankles.

Looser Clothing

The blood, in the leg veins, flow up the legs and into the veins of the pelvis. When you wear a tight waistband, this increases the pressure in the abdomen and pelvis. This increased pressure makes it more difficult for the blood in the veins to flow back up the legs, and can cause increased pressure in the leg veins.

Support Stocking

Graduated compression socks and stockings are specifically measured to fit your leg. When properly sized the stockings are tightest at the ankle and becomes less as you move up the leg.

This promotes the flow of blood up the leg, and reduces ankle and foot swelling. The ted stockings do not have this gradient and should not been used outside of the hospital environment.

Watch your weight

Significant abdominal weight gain can cause increased intra-abdominal pressure and can have the same effect on leg vein pressure, as a tight waistband.

High Fiber

Constipation can also cause increased intra-abdominal pressure and like other causes of increased abdominal pressure, cause increased resistance for the blood in the veins flowing up the legs.

Treatment Options

If you follow the above guidelines, you can greatly reduce the chance of getting Varicose Veins. However, if you do get them, don’t fret. There are treatment options available in Hyderabad .For any queries, contact dr.Ramesh Pitchika at padma hospitals, Miyapur, Hyderabad.