Empty that Bucket Varicose veins in various forms affect almost 60% of the population and can occur at any age. They are often underestimated and ignored as a cosmetic nuisance as they can often be unsightly. It is a chronic condition that gets progressively worse over a period of time and therefore it is essential to understand the disease. Before the visible veins develop, there is pressure build-up in the internal veins due to failure of one- way valves returning blood back to your heart and lungs for oxygenation. Increasing congestion, causes the superficial veins to stretch, enlarge and twist to appear as bulging varicose veins. The congestion causes heaviness, discomfort, ankle swelling, cramps and tiredness of the legs. The swollen veins continue to stretch and become thin causing the proteins and blood cells to leach out under the skin. This irritates the skin causing itching, eczema, and pigmentation. Progression of this skin damage can lead to Ulcer formation. Understanding this “TimeLine effect” of varicose veins is the first step to recognise this as a significant medical issue and prevent potential problems. Ignored varicose veins behave like a neglected bucket of water. Eventual skin damage can occur like a rusting bucket.
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The 4 E’s I recommend The 4 E’s solution to Empty that Bucket. Elevate: Raise the legs while you are sitting at home on the sofa or at the office by keeping a leg rest under your desk. This boosts natural circulation by getting rid of the congestion and reduces fatigue. After a long tiring day, revitalise your legs with a cool shower or foot soak as the cold water constricts the leg veins. Exercise: When you walk, the calf muscles rhythmically contract and relax acting as a second heart, pushing the blood up the veins against gravity. Regular walks increase flow in the vein, reduces the pooling of unhealthy blood, improves symptoms, and prevent clots. A simple exercise at your desk to contract the calf muscle is to raise the heel up and down while the foot is flat on the floor, in a “chew the ground” motion. Exercise also helps to lose weight towards healthy living for healthy legs. Elastic Compression: Compression socks are the medicine that you wear for the varicose veins. Flight socks reduce the fluid build-up at work from prolonged sitting or standing. Preventing congestion of the subcutaneous tissue will prevent skin damage. Your legs will feel lighter when you get home with more energy and improved mood. Eliminate:  Technologies in the management of varicose veins have significantly advanced in the last decade. A consultation with a specialist Vascular Surgeon, will offer you assessment and solutions. Your family doctor can make a referral if appropriate. Be aware of the 5 Early Warning signs of worsening varicose vein disease that are Phlebitis, Swelling, Itching, Eczema and Pigmentation. When you start to develop symptoms, the early stage of the condition favours simpler procedures with better outcome. It is quite safe and is indeed beneficial to remove the diseased veins and to restore proper flow of blood through the other unaffected veins”. Healthy Legs for Healthy life is an initiative to improve wellbeing by education, assessment, and solutions. Empty that bucket and regain your healthy legs, do not let your skin rust. Be VeinAware!
Empty that Bucket