Varicose Veins and Other Vein Disorders

Lifestyle & Management

Regardless of what type of vein problem you have, these simple steps can help manage your symptoms and keep your condition from becoming more serious.

  • A regular walking program will help increase blood circulation in your legs.
  • Don’t sit or stand for too long, and try not to sit with your legs crossed. These actions block the flow of blood.
  • When you are sitting or lying down, keep your legs elevated above the level of your heart.
  • Use anti-fatigue mats in places where you stand for longer periods, such as in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t constrict the flow of blood around your waist, legs, or groin.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes with low heels.
  • Lose weight (if you need to) to take extra pressure off your veins.
  • A low-salt diet will help relieve swelling in your legs.
  • During flights and car rides, pump your feet up and down while seated to increase circulation.
  • During long flights, try to walk up and down the aisle once an hour if possible.
  • During car rides, try to stop every hour to get out of the car and walk for a few minutes to help increase circulation.

Last Updated October 2020