|STATEN ISLAND VEIN CENTER
John Zarcone, MD
state-of-the-art varicose vein & spider vein treatment
|Watch what you wear: Avoid high heels. Low-heeled shoes
work calf muscles more which is better for your veins. Do not
wear tight clothes around your calves or groin. Tight pant-leg
girdles, for instance, can restrict circulation and venous return.
Wear appropriately fitted compression support hose/socks
that are available by prescription (order here).
Elevate your legs: Take three 10- to 15-minute breaks daily
to elevate your legs above the level of your heart.
Avoid long periods of sitting or standing: Make a point of
changing your position frequently or taking brief walks.
Do NOT sit or lie with your legs crossed: This position can
aggravate circulatory problems.
Conservative treatment will not remove existing abnormal veins
nor will they treat the underlying cause. As a result, varicose
veins will usually continue to enlarge and worsen over time.
In summary, there's no way to prevent varicose veins, but
improving your circulation and muscle tone can reduce the risk
of developing varicose veins or getting additional ones.
|Historically, patients with varicose veins were recommended
conservative treatment options. Conservative treatment
options refer to non-invasive treatments that exclude the
use of medications and surgery.
The underlying conditions that cause varicose veins
predictably make “curing” them with conservative therapy
impossible; however, certain measures may help to relieve
discomfort from existing varicose veins and prevent others
To improve circulation and muscle tone, follow these tips:
Exercise: Get your legs moving. Walking is a great way to
encourage blood circulation in your legs and improve leg (calf
muscle) strength. Ask Dr. Zarcone to recommend an
appropriate activity level customized for you.
Control your weight: Shedding excess pounds takes
unnecessary pressure off your veins.