Non-Surgical Varicose & Spider Vein Therapies
Updated: Oct 10, 2018
A mainstay of treating varicose veins, compression therapy helps to improve circulation and should be considered by anyone suffering from varicose or spider veins. Compression therapy improves blood circulation by applying controlled pressure to the affected area, constricting the diameter of the veins and thus restoring adequate blood flow. Also anti-inflammatory, such treatment can yield improvement in pain and swelling, reducing symptoms and even retard the progression of varicose and spider veins.
There are several options for compression therapy for vein treatment. The two methods most commonly used are compression bandaging and elastic graduated compression hosiery (support stockings).
Compression Bandaging: Usually used when varicose veins produce symptoms of leg ulcers, compression bandaging utilizes a multi-layer system to bind, pad, and compress. Elasticized bandages provide graduated compression with the highest pressure placed on the ankle where it is most needed. Bandages may be left on or reapplied for several weeks until swelling has dissipated in the affected vein area.
Compression Hosiery/Support Stockings: Elastic compression stockings are classified into different levels based on the amount of pressure placed on the ankle. Measurements of the lower leg should be taken to ensure proper fitting. Properly fitted stockings will produce an effective graduation in pressure and be comfortable to wear; they should not cause discomfort or trauma.
You should consult a doctor about which type of compression is best for you. Proper measurements are required to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment and inappropriate compression may worsen vein symptoms. We offer a variety of compression hosiery at discounted prices, call today to schedule a consultation, 866.238.0131.
Compression therapy should not be used for arterial leg ulcers and should be used with caution in diabetic leg ulcers.
Nutrition & Diet
Eating a balanced diet high in fiber and low in sugar and fat is crucial to maintaining healthy veins and legs. Many physicians consider the first line of therapy to be a high fiber diet with sufficient fluids. A diet too low in fiber can result in patient strain during bowel movements, which can subsequently increase pressure in the veins of the lower legs. Over time this can deteriorate vascular integrity and even worsen existing conditions.
Aside from a healthy diet, many vitamins and herbal remedies have been found to be helpful in the reduction of symptoms and prevention of venous disease. Below are some of the most common vitamins and herbal remedies taken to treat varicose veins.
You should note that though the information provided is helpful, you should seek the attention of a qualified physician before starting any treatment or therapy. Failure to do so could result in further aggravation of an existing condition.
Vitamin C: Also known as ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid, vitamin C is essential in the formation of collagen, the main supportive protein of skin, and other fibrous tissue. Because collagen is essential to the growth, development, and repair of tissue, the structural and functional integrity of capillary walls depends on sufficient vitamin C. A prolonged deficiency in vitamin C not only halts construction of collagen-based structures, but also can deteriorate existing structures.
Vitamin C can be ingested in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, cabbage, and spinach. Although relatively safe, excessive consumption can result in gastrointestinal disturbances, kidney stones, and excess iron absorption. Those who have a history of kidney stones should not take large amounts of vitamin C. Individuals who smoke require an additional 35 mg/d of vitamin C over that of a nonsmoker.
Vitamin E: Antioxidants such as vitamin E act to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of energy metabolism. Free radicals can damage cells and may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is believed that vitamin E, through its ability to limit production of free radicals, might help prevent or delay the development of such chronic diseases.
Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, unprocessed cereal grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and meats. While there is no evidence of adverse effects from the consumption of vitamin E that naturally occurs in foods, excess vitamin E from supplements can cause hemorrhagic toxicity in certain individuals. Patients on anticoagulant therapy should be monitored when taking vitamin E supplements.