Can Clothing Choice Effect Vein Health?

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veinsIf you live with varicose veins, especially if they are painful, clothing choice can certainly have an effect on how you feel during the day. They also tend to be rather unsightly and because of this those with vein issues will steer clear of wearing shorts and skirts even in the hottest months of the year here in Southwest Florida.

Your clothing choices can contribute to vein health and or discomfort. Certain clothing items when you have venous insufficiency can exacerbate the problem.


Limit Tight Clothing

Tight clothing, especially pieces that are constricting in the areas of the legs and waist, can have degrading effects on the veins in the long term. This happens because they restrict the normal circulation of blood, obstructing the flow of blood from the legs back to the heart, resulting in an increase in pressure within the veins.

Stop Wearing High Heels

Walking in high heels changes the natural motion of your legs and feet, shifting your weight from the calves into the toes and forefoot instead. This results in a less forceful calf muscle pump, which in turn results in the pooling of blood within the leg veins. Because the higher the heel is, the more negative the results, vein specialists usually recommend keeping heels low and only wearing them during special events or occasions.

Wearing high heels may make your legs look better, longer, and sleeker during wear, but can only make things worse in the long run if care is not taken.

Consider Wearing Compression Stockings

These are not your grandma’s stockings. The designs have become more modern and updated over the recent years. They look, in fact, like most pantyhose.

What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings are hosier of a special variety that has been designed specifically to prevent varicose veins from forming and to prevent the progression of current varicose veins from getting worse. Built to compress the legs in specific ways and locations, compression stockings can greatly relieve venous pressure along with much of the discomfort that comes as a result.

Compression stockings are tightest at the ankles and become progressively looser towards the thighs, increasing arterial pressure and allowing more blood to reach the heart and less blood to pool in the feet and ankles. Compression stockings are available over the counter at most drug stores through your vein specialist may also prescribe them and they may be covered by insurance as a medical device.

Contact Dr. Zuzga of the West Florida Vein Center by calling (727) 712-3233. With two convenient locations in the greater Tampa area, Dr. Zuzga and his staff look forward to meeting you and getting to the root of your venous concerns.

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