How Walking Can Prevent and Treat Varicose Veins

There are many medical conditions that occur in the human body when one does not perform enough exercise or daily activity. Many times when we think of these types of diseases, obesity and the ones that affect the human heart are the first to come to mind. What many people do not realize is that another medical problem that occurs in many people is varicose veins.

Varicose veins, which are very common in a person’s legs, are veins which have become engorged, very thick and that turn and twist within one another. Varicose veins are created when a person leads a lifestyle which lacks exercise. People with office jobs (secretaries, clerks, computer engineers, etc.) in which they do not move around or sit at a desk for long periods of time are at risk. It also occurs when a person sits for long periods of time without regular movement. Pregnant women may also experience varicose veins which develop during the pregnancy or after child birth.

Varicose veins occur when blood in the legs is unable to travel back up to the lungs. The blood is supposed to move back to the lungs and become restocked with oxygen by the heart. It should be renewed with oxygen, carry it for use in different parts of the body and return to the legs to deliver more oxygen. In the case of varicose veins, the blood cannot complete this cycle and has nowhere else to go. It accumulates inside veins underneath the skin. This is why the veins enlarge and expand, thus becoming noticeable to the naked eye. The varicose veins can usually be classified because of their spider-like and earthworm appearance. Other symptoms of the condition include pain, swelling, extrusive blue veins and red patches.

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the treatments that are available for those with this condition. If varicose veins are not treated by a doctor or by a surgeon, they may develop into ulcers that will not heal in a person’s legs or they may cause a disfigurement in the legs. Those that think they may have varicose veins should visit a doctor. Patients diagnosed with varicose veins should see a vascular specialist every other month.

If varicose veins are diagnosed in time, they may still be improved by including regular exercise and walking in a person’s daily routine. It is recommended that someone with the beginning stages of varicose veins spend two hours walking each day. They should also be diligent and make sure that they do not remain sedentary for longer than an hour. They should also plan to lose weight through exercise and healthy diet.

A person who wishes to remove the varicose veins may choose permanent treatments, such as laser radiofrequency ablation, which utilizes radioactive rays, or conventional vein surgery. They will need to consult with a vascular surgeon to determine the best method of treatment. Factors to consider will include the severity of the condition, the patient’s partiality and other health concerns that patient may have in their lives.