Do you sit working for 8 hours? Do you not exercise? Are your legs always feeling tired? Surely you already know what I am talking about. It’s a very annoying feeling that affects 1 in 4 adults in our country, today we will talk about venous insufficiency. The veins of the legs do not push enough blood to the heart and with it the annoying symptoms appear:
- Pain in the legs, especially in the afternoon-evening.
- Swelling that gets worse as the day goes by.
- Tired legs, heaviness, cramps.
- Changes in the coloration, appearance of varicose veins.
Who is more at risk of suffering them?
- Women (by hormonal predisposition that worsens with age).
- Pregnant women.
- Obese persons.
- Sedentary persons.
Unfortunately, there is no medication to cure this disease, there are some that can improve some of the symptoms, but they are not proven to work. Therefore, it is proven that it is best to prevent them with a series of recommendations.
- Healthy diet and daily exercise: try to control overweight as a risk factor. Avoiding constipation with a correct supply of fruits and vegetables will help us also.
- Do not stay in the same position for long without moving: moving your legs and ankles frequently will help to improve your circulation. There are many exercise boards that can be useful, as well as gently massaging our legs.
- Elevate the legs when sitting or stretched, especially at night in bed.
- Giving cold water showers to the legs will improve the heaviness.
- Avoid clothes that are too tight (socks, pants or footwear that are baggy is better).
- Consult with your doctor to see if compression socks can help in your case, that making a constant pressure throughout the area can help blood circulation. Sometimes surgery is also recommended.
Activate to take care of your legs!
*Content validated by the medical team of mediQuo.