Once you notice signs of varicose veins, you can’t wish them away or ignore them in hopes they will disappear. There are steps you can take that may slow down the progression of the disease, but eventually you will have to seek treatment if you want to get rid of the bulging veins and soreness in your legs.
When you first see signs of varicose veins (or even before) do this:
Exercise. You want to move blood through your veins. Varicose veins are a sign that the one-way valve in the vein isn’t working, allowing blood to pool. Walking or running helps push the blood along. Exercise won’t solve the problem, however, especially as a valve continues to weaken.
Elevate your legs. Putting your feet up for several minutes-long stretches every day will also help move your blood along.
Wear compression stockings. These stockings slow down the pooling of blood and probably will help your legs feel fresh longer.
These self-care measures can help you put off permanent treatment but they won’t stop or reverse the disease. If your symptoms get worse, that’s when you should see a doctor to talk about the safe, effective procedures that will get rid of your varicose veins. And if your veins develop sores or start to bleed, please seek immediate treatment.