Varicose veins are swollen, visible veins that pop up in the legs and elsewhere. They are commonly triggered by veins that don’t support adequate blood flow, allowing blood to pool.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests:
- Taking frequent breaks if you’ll be standing or sitting for long periods. Don’t cross legs when sitting, and elevate your legs when possible.
- Getting plenty of exercise that boosts muscle tone in your legs, which promotes better circulation.
- Losing excess weight, and making sure clothing fits comfortably. Don’t wear anything that is tight around the waist, legs or groin.
- Opting for low-heeled shoes. Limit use of high heels.