This is a question we are asked often: can varicose veins be prevented? The answer is, in many cases, yes.

Not all cases of varicose veins can be avoided. Age, pregnancy, injury, or other factors can contribute to the condition for residents of Knoxville and East Tennessee. But there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk.

Get exercise.  Especially low-impact excise such as walking, rowing, or cycling. If you’re in a job that requires extended periods of standing, you’re at greater risk for varicose veins, so regular exercise can help get blood pumping in the legs, reducing the risk of it pooling and creating vein damage.

Swimming is also an excellent exercise that can increase circulation without creating stress on leg veins and improve cardiovascular activity. In other words, the more efficiently that blood is flowing, especially through your legs, the less risk you have of varicose veins.

So even simple activity choices can help.  Take the stairs instead of an elevator. Walk instead of drive. Look for ways to be active and move your legs.

There are other factors involved, too.  Obesity can contribute to the risk, so losing weight or maintaining normal body weight can help. If you have the opportunity to elevate your legs periodically, this can help. Avoid high heeled shoes, which place extra stress on leg veins. And if you believe you are at higher risk, you may consider support hose as a preventative strategy.

Vein Specialists of Tennessee are happy to help you eliminate your varicose and spider veins, but we’re also happy to help you avoid them altogether.

Questions about varicose veins, spider veins, or vein health, contact us here. If you’d like an evaluation of your veins, simple schedule an appointment.