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Prevention of varicose veins: how to keep from getting vein disease

The experienced team at Miami Skin & Vein offers a range of remediation treatments for vein disease. However, Dr. Shaun Patel wants you to enjoy the benefits of healthy, attractive legs, free of unsightly, uncomfortable spider and varicose veins. He is happy to counsel patients on straight-forward lifestyle changes to prevent abnormal veins from forming, or minimize progression of spider and varicose veins.

Mild forms of venous disease, such as spider veins and asymptomatic varicose veins, can be prevented or improved with the following measures:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight. In general, normal BMI (body mass index which is a calculation of body fat) should be under 25.0.

  • Exercise regularly, ideally 30 minutes a day, focusing on activities that work your legs, like walking and running. Since water’s buoyancy lessens the effect of gravity, swimming is also an excellent choice.

  • Elevate your feet whenever possible. Keep a foot stool under your desk, and use an ottoman or recliner in front of the television.

  • Avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting. If you are able to, get up and move around for at least two minutes, every 20 minutes.

  • Choose clothing that does not fit tightly around the waist, groin, or legs.

  • Do not wear shoes that limit use of calf muscles. High heels compress these large muscles which are necessary to keep blood moving normally.

  • Eat a diet rich in high-fiber foods and low in salt.

Not all forms of venous disease or varicose veins can be prevented. Gender, age, and genetics – factors that cannot be altered – play a role in the development of vein disease. Fortunately, when prevention is not possible, there are effective and safe options to treat chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins. These minimally-invasive treatments improve the appearance of legs, and recovery times are brief, so you may return to normal activities quickly.

Dr. Patel is eager to talk with you about prevention of veins, and treatment options for abnormal veins. Call Miami Skin & Vein today at (786) 509-4055 to schedule a private consultation. Most insurance plans cover the cost of these procedures.
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