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Video: Venous Diseases - What Can I Do Myself?
2023 Author: Wallace Forman | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 12:25
Venous diseases: what can I do myself?
A venous disease can go completely unnoticed without symptoms or only express itself through uncharacteristic signs. In many cases, a feeling of heaviness, tension or warmth in the affected leg or a relatively sudden onset of painful swelling of the leg is noticed initially. Often there is also pain and a hardening of the calf. Those affected can positively influence the condition of their veins through targeted measures.
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Patients with venous diseases can themselves make a significant contribution to the success of medical treatment.
- Movement is generally good for the body, some sports are particularly suitable for venous diseases, others should be avoided. Walking and hiking, walking, cycling, swimming (maximum water temperature 28 degrees), cross-country skiing or dancing are particularly recommended. Football, martial arts, rowing, jumping and throwing disciplines, tennis or judo are only partially recommended. Weight training, weight lifting, boxing, alpine skiing, squash / badminton, most ball sports, ice skating or surfing are not recommended.
- Make sure you are sitting correctly - especially at your desk. A slightly upholstered chair is beneficial so that the underside of the thighs is as little pressure as possible. Do not let your feet dangle; place them flat on the floor or on a footrest.
- If sitting or standing for long periods of time cannot be avoided , walk around more often, stand on your toes. The SSS and LLL rules apply: Sitting and standing is bad. Better to lie or run.
- Watch your weight! The more load your legs have to carry, the higher the risk of venous disease. For more information, see Healthy Living: Obesity - How To Prevent It!
- Drink at least two liters of liquid a day, three liters in summer (especially water or herbal tea).
- Eat a healthy, high-fiber diet. This also helps counteract chronic constipation. Because: Strong pressing during bowel movements promotes the formation of. You can find more information under healthy eating.
- Avoid carrying heavy loads.
- Avoid tight clothing.
- Wear flat, comfortable shoes. Slightly raised heels and a good insole are beneficial.
- Walking barefoot is healthy if there is no arterial disease of the legs or diabetes.
- Avoid alcohol and nicotine.
- Take cold showers more often (not ice cold). Guide the water jet up the outside and inside of the leg up to the groin. Cold water applications should always be ended with cold water. Kneipp treading water is also good for the veins.
- Anything that dilates the veins is unfavorable, such as hot baths, extensive sun exposure, sauna sessions that are too long. Therefore, heat and blazing sun should generally be avoided, but also rooms with underfloor heating.
- Brush massages are to be avoided with spider veins.
- Take time to put your legs up several times a day to encourage blood flow back.
- If the swelling is very pronounced, the legs should also be raised at night. To do this, raise the foot end of the bed three to five centimeters higher.
- Wear compression stockings prescribed by your doctor consistently every day.
- Take your vein medication as directed by your doctor. This is the only way to achieve the best possible effect.