Lifestyle Measures (conservative treatment):
Everyone with varicose veins will benefit from lifestyle measures: All these measures help improve the flow of venous blood back to the heart.
• Exercise involving the legs will help the calf muscles pump more blood back towards the heart. Exercise also helps with maintaining a healthy weight.
Weight loss reduces pressure on larger veins in the upper legs and abdomen and allows for easier return of venous blood.
Avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting with legs dependant if possible and aim to rest and elevate the legs for 15 to 30 minutes three times a day. This reduces blood pooling in the leg due to gravity.
All these measures help improve venous return.

Lifestyle measures can improve symptoms and help prevent further problems. However they cannot reverse existing damage and only additional treatments can remove spider or varicose veins.


These are prescription compression stockings that when worn consistently help to slow down the progression of varicose veins. They also improve symptoms like aching and throbbing by helping to improve venous return when standing for prolonged periods. They cannot reverse existing damage nor do they solve the cosmetic problem


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