If you have any questions or concerns about your vascular health, please schedule an appointment with Jilanne Rose at our Phoenix, Arizona office. With over 10,000 peripheral vein procedures to her credit, she is the Arizona Vein Specialist who can help you with any vascular concerns you may have.
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If you have arterial disease, you are challenging the arteries to pump the blood further down into the toes so you get better circulation and on the venous side of things, because these veins are weak and dilated and they actually exist outside of the muscle, you have to do everything you can to try to get that blood up to the heart.
Elevate Your Legs
Being as active as possible is fantastic. If you are setting in a car for a long period of time and you can do those ankle rolls and foot pumps, that will help a lot to encourage the blood to get back up to the heart. Any straight leg exercises- if you don’t have bad knees and you can do it, straighten out those legs and flex those muscles. It helps the blood get back up to the heart and it cuts your risks of developing a blood clot. Elevation of the legs helps. Anything above the heart is the best. If you are sitting on a stool you may not notice as much of a result as if you are lying with your feet elevated.
Wear Compression Stockings
Compression stockings – They are probably the bain of everyone’s existence, especially in Phoenix when it is scorching hot outside. No one wants to think about wrestling with compression stockings, let alone wear them every day. However, the external support helps support these weak veins and improve blood circulation back up to the heart. We are in a fight with gravity. A lot of the athletic companies are starting to produce stockings. Runners, football players and baseball players wear them. Actually it is that compression mechanism on the outside of the body that helps the legs feel better – and they come in fun colors. They do help.
A couple of misnomers about compression stockings – they do not prevent vein insufficiency from getting worse and they do not keep you from developing additional abnormalities in the veins. The only reason I recommend you wear them is they help with swelling and to cut your risks of blood clots, especially with travel.
If you are going to be sitting in a car or plane for longer than two or three hours you need to put the compression stockings on to help support the circulation and cut your risks of blood clots. You need to be fitted for most medical grade stockings. If you go to the grocery store and buy them, they can be extremely tight, particularly behind the knee and that can be very painful.