Varicose veins are a common disease
Here you will find answers to your questions on varicose veins
Frequently asked questions
How can I prevent varicose veins?
A predisposition to varicose veins is usually inherited and today’s lifestyle encourages the disease to develop. Even so, you can do yourself a great deal against varicose veins.
Exercise is essential for the veins. Aim to take part regularly in sporting activities to get your veins working properly. Activities such as walking, cycling, and hiking are particularly good for this purpose. A balanced diet with plenty of fibre and keeping your weight under control also helps to prevent varicose disease.
In principle, sitting and standing are worse for your veins than lying and walking. Even if you have to sit at work, you should try to move about whenever you possibly can. Use the stairs rather than the elevator; walk over to see your colleague round the corner rather than phoning. The lunch break also offers a good opportunity for exercise – take a walk. While you are sitting down, it is a good idea to move your feet up and down or in a circular motion every now and then. When you are sitting for long, make sure that your ankles and knees are not bent too sharply, as that can affect the circulation. Anyone who has to stand for a long time should make sure to walk around for a few minutes as much as possible to get the circulation going again.
Comfortable flat shoes are the best for the veins. Do not wear high heels to work, but only when you are going out.
Putting your feet up more often will do your legs good by taking the strain off the veins. Long-distance travel should be interspersed with frequent breaks to move around and do exercises.
After your morning shower, rinse your legs briefly with cold water, starting at the feet and working up to the thighs. This constricts the blood vessels and makes the legs lighter.
Even if you take these preventive measures, you should still inspect your legs closely at regular intervals and ask your doctor for advice about any changes or symptoms.