The patient is asked to raise the feet above the waist which helps blood flow to the heart. It increases blood circulation and decreases pressure in the veins. Leg elevation can also be done while sitting or sleeping.
Wearing compression stockings, elastic stockings, and socks or bandaging compresses the part that can help to ease the pain and discomfort caused by varicose veins and may also prevent them from getting worse. Support socks and pantyhose compress the veins and help blood circulate, which can prevent varicose veins from getting worst. It also stops the veins from stretching and helps blood flow.
Exercises are done to improve circulation, move frequently, and avoid sitting still for prolonged periods. Exercise can increase the body’s ability to pump blood up the leg back towards the heart. And thus decreases the chances of getting varicose veins.
Walking or Running:
Low-impact exercises for varicose veins include walking, swimming, and biking, etc. Walking for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week can give good benefits.
For doing leg lifts the patient sits or lies on the back while sticking the feet straight out. Then the patient lifts one leg at a time up, holding it in the air. Slowly lower it down and repeat the same exercise with the other leg.
Bicycling or Bicycle Legs:
Riding a bike or stationary bike is also found to be beneficial. It can be done by doing bicycle leg exercise even without having an actual bike. The patient lies on the back, puts the legs in the air, bends them at the knee. Pedaling is done slowly while bicycling.
Lunges are done by moving the legs apart in a standing position, then the patient is asked to step forward to slowly bend the knees, keeping it directly above the ankle. This position is held and then slowly the leg is straightened and then return back to the original position.
Rocking the Feet:
The rocking of the feet can be done by sitting or standing, the patient does rocking back and forth from heel to toe.
Laser therapy is a minimally invasive procedure, in which a catheter a long, thin tube, is used and laser to close off a damaged vein. Also known as endovenous thermal ablation is a process of destruction of abnormal veins with techniques using laser, radiofrequency, etc.