Winter has come with a punch this year. For many areas across the U.S., there is a deep freeze that’s unlike anything seen in a while. That cold weather and snow brings with it an opportunity to stay indoors and catch up on the T.V. shows you’ve missed all month. But the low temperatures and your increased indoor dormancy can also cause issues with varicose veins that you should be aware of.
Here are some tips for dealing with varicose veins in the winter months.
Whether you dress in layers and head outdoors for some fresh air or join a gym, you’ll want to stay active this winter. Being sedentary is an easy trap to fall into during the colder months. In addition to packing on the pounds, it’s bad for your cardiovascular health and your veins as circulation decreases along with your physical movement.
While you’re catching up on those TV shows and unable to head outdoors because of a storm, you might also find yourself reaching for the snack bowl more often. You’ll want to be extra cautious of this poor habit in the winter months as the combination of junk food and less exercise can cause you to easily pack on the pounds. Added weight also puts strain on your legs and your veins and could worsen your varicose veins.
While the winter weather doesn’t exactly present the best conditions for managing varicose veins, it does offer the perfect opportunity to schedule varicose vein treatment. Since there is some downtime to recover from varicose vein treatments and for some, the use of compression socks is required, the colder winter months, when you’re less likely to have a busy schedule and are already dressing in layers, is perfect timing to care for your varicose veins.
Don’t suffer another day with the idea that you have to hide or legs or be embarrassed on your varicose veins.