Why are varicose veins painful?
So, why are varicose veins causing aching legs?
When you are affected with varicose veins, it is common to have some pain around the affected areas. As the veins are weak and damaged, they are bound to pain. Since, varicose veins are stretched and swollen; this causes the valves in it to allow blood to flow backward, damaging the vein further. It is easier for blood to pool around the damaged vein. Varicose veins must work very hard to overcome this damage to be able to pump blood against gravity towards the heart. This effort, as expected, can bring pain as the pressure builds up in the legs.
If this pain is sudden, severe or gets worse, consult your doctor to check for any complications or health issue.
Tips to ease your painful legs
There are several things you can do to relieve your aching legs:
– Compression stockings offer pressure to the leg that alleviates pain and prevents blood from pooling in your veins. Your doctor will suggest to you the level of compression required.
– If you find your varicose veins tend to be more painful in the summers, you should try to keep your legs or affected part as cool as possible. Giving yourself a cold shower, wear loose, comfortable clothing can ease the pain.
– Sometimes, even a warm bath can relive your aching, tired legs.
– Exercise is important. Walking, yoga, swimming boost circulation and stretches muscles. If you sit most of the day, remember to keep your legs moving. Flex your calves and wiggle your toes often.
– Lack of magnesium causes your muscles to tense up and pain. Foods like pumpkin seeds, spinach, quinoa, are rich in magnesium which is important for muscle function. Follow the link for more diet tips to ease your varicose veins.
– Elevate your feet above your heart as frequently as possible: many doctors suggest three to four times a day for a minimum of fifteen minutes at a time.
Lie down with your feet raised higher, preferably, resting on a couple of pillows. Your raised legs allow blood to flow easily with gravity towards your heart; your damaged veins can rest this way. If you work seated and don’t get a chance to raise your feet above your heart, keep them slightly elevated on a footrest.