Health Tip: Kick Up Your Feet

-- Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins -- usually in the legs. They can make standing and other activities painful.

Although not all cases are preventable, the womenshealth.gov Web site suggests how to help thwart varicose veins:

  • Apply sunscreen to your skin daily.
  • Get regular exercise to help make your legs stronger and improve circulation. Concentrate on activities that benefit the legs.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Don't cross your legs, and elevate your legs when you can.
  • Move around frequently, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Don't wear clothes that are too tight. Also avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings.
  • Eat more fiber to help prevent constipation, which can trigger varicose veins. Also, cut back on salt in your diet.

Posted: January 2011


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