As complementary measures you can help to prevent vein problems by keeping the following points in mind:
- Rock forwards and backwards with your feet from heel to toes
- Circle your feet
- Tighten your leg muscles and then relax them again
- Roll the soles of your feet e.g. over a tennis ball
- If possible: make cycling movement in the air with your legs
- Alternately bend and stretch your toes.
Put your feet up whenever possible. Avoid crossing your legs or keeping your knees and hips bent. Shower your calves with cold water from top to bottom.
Something to remember if you have vein problems: It’s better to walk or lie rather than sit or stand!
Eat a healthy diet of low-fat, high fibre food. Avoiding overweight means less strain on the veins.
You should drink at least 2 litres a day ( water etc.). A lack of liquid makes the blood “thicker” and can cause an increased tendency to clotting. Avoid coffee, black tea or alcohol.
Avoid too much sun or frequent visits to the sauna. Heat encourages swelling and pain in the legs.
Exercise is a very important factor. Types of sport that are good for the veins are: gymnastics, jogging, cross country skiing, cycling, swimming, dancing, hiking, walking.
Facts worth knowing
Common diseases are diseases affecting large numbers of the population. Vein problems are amongst these. A fairly reliable sign of this is pain in the legs after standing, sitting or travelling for a long time. Support tights have a preventative effect if they are included early enough. If the veins are only slightly damaged, support tights can be adequate. They exert an even pressure on the legs from the outside and in this way support the connective tissue. If there are as yet no vein problems but the legs are tired and heavy, good support tights can do a lot to make your legs feel more comfortable. Wearing them means that there is much less discomfort after a long day.
Hold-up stockings have some disadvantages over tights. The elastic tops of the stockings must not be overstretched. Lipid replenishing wash or shower gels should also be avoided, as well as ointment, creams and powder on the skin near the tops of hold-up stockings. Wearing hold-up stockings is generally not recommended if the thighs are very overweight. The elastic tops can lead to constriction and affect the function of the veins. Stockings with elastic tops can slip on hairy legs. Compression stockings should not slip or cut in. Tights are better here.
If the doctor prescribes compression stockings, there is usually a vein problem.
Increasingly more men are finding that support tights also serve their legs better.