Varicose Veins

Treating Varicose Veins — Can They Go Away On Their Own?

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Written by Nancy

Our veins contain small valves that prevent the backflow of blood. When these valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can sometimes flow backward; the pool of blood that develops in the vein as a result causes them to become swollen and twisted. These knotted and bulging veins become visible through the skin, and are referred to as varicose veins.

Varicose veins are largely considered to be unsightly, due to their blue/purple appearance . But apart from the cosmetic problems varicose vein pose, they can also cause health issues such as:

  • Leg heaviness and leg aches
  • Muscles cramps
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Itchiness and flaking on the skin
  • Burning and throbbing in the leg

The following home remedies have proven to help treat varicose vein:

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1. Exercise

By exercising regularly, you promote blood circulation in the legs. The increase in blood flow can help push any pooled up blood in the vein forward. Regular exercise also reduces blood pressure.

Exercises such as swimming, yoga, cycling and power-walking are effective in treating mild vein problems in the legs.

2. Compression Stockings

Compression stockings can easily be found in pharmacies. They apply pressure to the muscles in the legs, which leads to pressure in the veins that promotes blood flow.

A study carried out in 2018 discovered that participants who regularly used knee-high compression stockings reported reduced pain caused by varicose veins.

3. Dietary changes

Foods that are rich in potassium are known to help with varicose veins. Foods like pistachio nuts and almonds reduce water retention in the body and increase blood flow. Cutting down sodium and salty foods from your diet can also treat varicose vein.

If the pain from varicose veins persists even after the use of compression stockings, dieting and exercising, consult a varicose veins specialist. Varicose veins can be treated in the doctor’s office with mild surgical procedures and therapies.

Varicose Veins Doctors in New York offer a range of vein treatments that include radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation sclerotherapy, and ClariVein. The clinic treats leg cramps, leg heaviness, spider veinsvaricose veins, restless leg syndrome and more.

Contact our office today for a consultation.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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