Up to 50 per cent of adults suffer from varicose veins –for many people, this is simply cosmetic, whereas for others, varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort and sometimes lead to more serious problems. Dr Zil Yassine from a leading vein clinic in Australia says many women get varicose veins during pregnancy and those who work jobs that mean they are on their feet all day are at greater risk.
But there are ways to minimise the symptoms: Avoid prolonged standing: People who stand of long periods are more likely to develop varicose veins. Hairdressers, nurses and factory workers, for example, are more at risk than the general population. It’s important to take breaks. Diet: Eat foods low in salt and high in dietary fibre. Include foods high in bio-flavonoids such as blueberries, spinach, garlic and onions. These foods are shown to keep veins healthy.
Consider wearing compression stockings: Compression stockings will not prevent varicose veins, but they do help minimise swelling or symptoms associated with the condition. They should be properly fitted and tailored to your legs.
Exercise calf muscles: A stronger calf muscle pushes blood more efficiently back to the heart and will minimise symptoms associated with vein problems.