Lower Limb Varicose Vein Disease
Lower Limb Varicose Veins are dilated, twisted and swollen veins over the lower limbs. It is mainly due to unreliable function of the valves of the veins or weakness of the venous wall.
Gender, genetics and job type put some people at greater risk, as does aging. Problems with varicose veins occur more often for women, those who are overweight, those with a family history or those with a job that involves lots of standing or sitting such as factory/warehouse workers, office workers that sit for long periods, etc.
- Maintain appropriate body weight
- Adequate rest and sleep
- Regular exercise
- Balanced diet
- Alternate between sitting/standing/walking throughout the day when possible
- Rest-relief can be attained with relaxation and leg elevation.
- Compression therapy-wear elastic stocking or bandage to increase blood return.
- Laser vein treatment-vein tissue reacts with light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed off are superficial veins that handle less than 5% of your blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other veins.
Varicose veins can sometimes be related to work. While work is only one of the many risk factors, the chance of getting this disease can be minimized by adopting appropriate preventative measures at work and home.