Love is in the air and this time of year makes us think of our sweetie, honey or loved ones. Though all of those relationships are very important, we most certainly need to love ourselves before we can truly love others. For your Valentine this month we can show you how to “love your legs again”. If you hide your legs, cover them up and never wear shorts, then we can help to improve how they look and feel. If you have spider veins or varicose veins, or just look unsightly to you, you may have underlying venous insufficiency and venous disease. Some symptoms of venous disease include: leg pain, swelling, restless legs, burning, cramping, itching, heaviness, or tiredness/fatigue. Here are some proven ways to improve the way your legs look and feel.
These garments, if worn properly, can improve most symptoms and slow the progression of venous disease.
Walking is the best way to improve vascular health and tone your legs. Exercise also help to keep calf muscles engaged to pump blood in the veins back to the heart. Other exercises to consider are elliptical, cycling, and jogging.
Prolonged sitting and standing can have negative effects on your vein health. If you are sitting for more than an hour, get up and walk for 10-15 minutes to improve circulation of blood back to the heart. If you are standing keep moving, calf muscles in motion help to pump blood back to the heart.
Many people with venous disease get dry, cracked and itchy skin. Moisturize daily with products such as coconut oil or shea butter.
To make your legs feel silky smooth, exfoliate with products such as sea salt or bicarbonate of soda mixed in a carrier oil, almond oil or olive oil.
Just as you pamper yourself, taking care of your legs is most important. The tips above are sure to get you back in shape and ready for spring break as well as the summer months. Make this the year that you enjoy fresh air on your legs and go to the beach again.
At Ponte Vedra Vein Institute we specialize in legs. Call us today to make your appointment. Treatment of venous disease is covered by Medicare/Medicaid and most insurance plans.
Ponte Vedra Vein Institute. 330 A1A North. Suite 321. Ponte Vedra Beach FL. 32082.