Treatment of varicose veins at home

Home treatment of varicose veins can be quite effective if you start in the early stages of the disease.

If you have any of the following symptoms and a combination of them, you should immediately pay attention to the health of your feet:

  • you feel heaviness, pain and fullness in your legs, especially at the end of the working day,
  • often have swelling of your legs and feet,
  • spider veins appeared,
  • skin on the ankles changed color, darkened,
  • There are cramps in the calf muscles,
  • dilated veins appear under the skin.

For home treatment of varicose veins to give good results, it is necessary to take the following measures regularly for a long time:

Sports and exercise for varicose veins

legs without varicose veins

Contrary to popular belief that varicose veins and exercise are incompatible, we believe that this is not the case.

To improve the venous system, sports in which the leg muscles are actively involved, such as cycling and skiing, are very useful. Swimming is very useful for venous insufficiency.

With varicose veins, only sports that cause frequent foot injuries are contraindicated.

The Union of Phlebologists of our country has developed special exercises for varicose veins to reduce the load on the veins and eliminate the symptoms of the disease. They are performed in the evenings, preferably before bedtime.

These exercises do not take much time and at the same time have a good effect when performed regularly:

  • Lying on your back, lift your legs at a 90-degree angle (you can stand on a wall). Take 10-15 slow, deep breaths. Keeping the legs in the same position, bend and straighten the ankle joint 5-6 times (while stretching the calf muscles), and then make 5-6 rotations in and out of the legs.
  • Stand on a thick book (your heels resting on the ground), then slowly stand on your feet 10-15 times.
  • Roll a tennis ball with your foot while watching or reading TV.

Compression underwear for varicose veins

One of the most effective ways to treat varicose veins at home is to use golf, socks and tights for varicose veins.

Compression underwear prescribed for varicose veins has a different compression (degree of pressure on the legs). Unlike non-medical knitwear, pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, not denominations.

The required compression ratio can only be determined by a physician. Tights and socks for varicose veins should be purchased at specialized orthopedic salons or clinics. There, measurements are taken from the patient's feet, so the required size is selected.

Compression underwear is used not only to prevent varicose veins, but also helps in the treatment of this disease. Tight for varicose veins reduces venous blood stasis in the legs. This reduces the manifestations of varicose veins, reduces the risk of developing blood clots and trophic changes.

In the case of varicose veins, it is recommended to use compression underwear during physical activity, exercise, staying on your feet for a long time, traveling by car and air.

Socks for varicose veins are also used after medical procedures, such as vascular sclerotherapy and the postoperative period.

Special hospital compression stockings are used during surgery and in the early postoperative period to prevent blood clots.

It is recommended to wear socks and stockings for varicose veins during pregnancy.

Anti-compression stockings are used in the hospital during and after childbirth.

Phlebologists treating varicose veins will professionally choose compression underwear for you for this disease. It is very important to calculate the load correctly and choose the right type of knitwear and the degree of compression. With an independent choice, the use of compression underwear may not have an effect and may even lead to a complication of the disease.

Vascular gels

One of the treatment methods for varicose veins at home is the use of local varicose veins (vascular gels, ointments and creams for varicose veins).

The main component of all ointments and gels for blood vessels is heparin, which is a blood thinner.

The most effective means of local treatment of varicose veins are gels for veins, because when applied to the skin, most of the active substance falls into the tissues. Gels and ointments for varicose veins successfully cope with swelling and heaviness in the legs.

Medications for varicose veins

Drugs for the treatment of varicose veins are called venotonics. With varicose veins, drugs are prescribed to strengthen the venous wall, reduce the permeability and fragility of capillaries and veins.

The effect of the drug, as a rule, begins immediately after the start of treatment and reaches a maximum 1, 5-2 months after daily application.

Only a phlebologist can choose the most effective drug for varicose veins. Depending on the stage of your varicose veins, it will also determine the frequency and frequency of treatment needed.

Diet for varicose veins

It is necessary to be very careful in the diet of all patients with varicose veins. Weight gain should not be allowed: it can overload the venous system.

For varicose veins, the diet should include plenty of raw vegetables and fruits that are high in fiber. From it, fibrous fibers are synthesized that support the strength of the venous wall.

Do not mix with fatty, spicy and salty foods. This will lead to increased fluid intake and, consequently, increased blood volume and overload of the venous system.

Diet for varicose veins should be aimed at preventing constipation. Constipation causes an increase in vascular pressure, worsens the manifestations of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

During the winter and spring, when the human body begins to lack vitamins, it is necessary to take vitamins of groups A, B, C, rutin, folic acid, as well as trace elements: copper, zinc, magnesium and iron. It is best to take a balanced multivitamin.

Effectiveness of treatment of varicose veins at home

If you start to take the above measures to treat varicose veins at home in the early stages of varicose veins on a regular basis, it is likely that you will be able to avoid surgery and limit yourself to conservative treatments.

However, you need to consult a phlebologist for the optimal choice of some home remedies for varicose veins. It is not recommended to choose compression stockings, medications for external use and venotonic drugs independently.

It is better to consult a doctor. It will choose the most effective treatment measures for you.