Self-Care Vein ProblemsPatient Resources
Though self-care is prescribed to individuals following their professional treatment, it is also given to pregnant women – allowing for some comfort during the pregnancy.
To get the most effective results, it’s imperative that you follow the instructions given to you by your health practitioner. Here’s what to consider:
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Using Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are available in a variety of pressures – based on your need and comfort level. You can usually use 20 mm pressure stockings without complication but verify with your vascular expert to see which pressure is best for your condition.
Where to Buy Compression Stockings
- At Your Physician’s Office
- Surgical or Medical Supply Stores
- Sporting Goods Supply Stores
How to Use Compression Stockings
Wear Them Properly – For maximum relief, be sure to consult with your vein expert and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use. Never let your stockings go above the designated height, and to help blood flow properly, don’t allow them to bunch up.
Do Not Wear for Prolonged Periods – Length of wear can vary by day, so be sure to consult your physician to see how long you can safely wear them and adhere to their instruction.
Never Wear While Sleeping – Compression stockings should never be worn while asleep unless you are specifically instructed to do so by your physician.
Be Sure to Replace When Necessary – Most compression stockings can last for four to six months before needing replacements. Once they become loose, replace them right away.
Consider Regular Exercise
• Taking walks
• Getting up frequently throughout the day
• Starting slowly. Do not start walking for long distances right away; instead, work on gradually increasing the duration of your activity.
Please note, you should never run, jog, jump, or engage in any other high-impact activities without getting permission from your vascular expert, especially if you’re pregnant.
Elevating The Legs
Consider a Lifestyle Change
If you are currently overweight, making a plan to lower your weight could reduce pain and swelling. You’ll want to speak to your physician about approved workouts and what you can do to adapt to a healthier lifestyle safely.
Too much sodium can cause water retention and lead to swollen, painful legs. At the same time, diets high in fat and cholesterol could play a role in your body’s vein issues. Speak with your vascular expert about any dietary changes you should make to help reduce your symptoms.
Frequent travel can equate to a lot of inactivities. Whether frequent travel is for pleasure or business, vein problems are more likely to occur. If you find yourself on long flights or car rides, try to plan frequent stops or get up periodically to increase blood flow.