It’s coming into that time of year again where infinite hot chocolates and snuggly sleep-ins are beckoning.
With the cooler months we tend to stray from our usual exercise routines – the prospect of waking up that extra hour earlier just to take a walk in the chilly air is way less appealing than the underside of your doona.
But how does that affect your legs? Lack of exercise and therefore reduced venous circulation may make varicose veins more symptomatic. Whilst covering your varicose veins up with winter clothing is a common approach to the problem, why not get those veins sorted during the winter months at The Varicose Veins Clinic in Brisbane and be ready to go when summer comes around.
What are Varicose Veins?
Most often affecting the legs, varicose veins are bulging or twisted veins near the surface of the skin. The function of veins is to allow your blood to flow back to the heart. When the valves which are located inside the veins do not work properly the flow patterns change leading to increased pressure in the veins increases. This will cause varicose or spider veins.
Sometimes these vein problems can seem superficial and just a cosmetic issue, but commonly varicose veins can make your legs ache; and in severe cases can be painful to touch, as well as form rashes or sores and even bleed.
Preventive measures for the colder months
If you’re struggling to get out of the house in the morning there a few steps you can follow to help keep the circulation moving. If you are working in an office environment or stuck in university classrooms all day, here’s some tips for you:
Movement is the key! Sitting on chairs all day results in blood pooling in the leg veins, so be consistent in taking a walk every 30 mins. If that’s starting to make you look like you have a bladder problem or disrupting your work load too often, trying these helpful exercises may assist your circulation issues:
- Flexing your ankles up and down will help get the blood pumping in the veins. It will activate your calf muscles, reduce the blood pooling and can also give you a sense of renewed energy if you’ve been sitting for a while
- Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time – this relieves excess pressure that you could otherwise place on your veins
- Keeping your legs elevated is always a great way to avoid further problems so If you’re spending a lot of time in university lectures, a sneaky way to help circulation is to lean your feet up on the chair in front of you. Try picking a seat where the one in front of you will likely remain empty
We understand that not all our patients get to enjoy a nice comfy seat for the day, so if you’re working on your feet for prolonged amounts of time in retail or hospitality, switch the weight from side to side to help assist you to a strong flow. Even a small walk around will be helpful.
If you have the space and a little bit of free time, lean back while holding the benches and take a big stretch – you’ll find that flexing the hips and extending your thighs and calves will release some tension on those extra stressful days.
What if you can’t escape them?
Unfortunately varicose and spider veins are unavoidable for some as they can be a result of a family trait. If you are concerned about the development of spider veins or varicose veins, book a consultation at The Varicose Vein Clinic and find out the best method of treatment and further prevention for you. We will take you step by step through the consultation process. All patients will have duplex ultrasound on their leg veins to individually assess their issues. Treatments vary for everyone, but a tailored treatment plan prepared by Dr Paul Davis will be discussed with you at the completion of the consultation.
The treatment options may include sclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy or Endovenous Laser Ablation. Combinations of the above treatments may be required for some patients. At The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane, a non surgical approach is preferred to treat varicose and spider veins and expert treatment is performed by Dr Paul Davis.
There are plenty of other things to be understood about your varicose veins, so it’s important to know that you are in safe hands with our professional team at The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane – where we ensure our patients are completely up to date with the latest “vein news”.
If you want to find out more about varicose veins and the treatments we offer at The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane, book a consultation today on 1300 534 834 and see how we can help you overcome your unwanted vein problems.