Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly. They can also cause swelling, throbbing and cramps. And that’s no way to start the summer. Get a leg up with these tips from top experts.
- For severe cases, try sclerotherapy.The procedure, in which a doctor injects foam into the veins causing them to close, safely absorb into the body and disappear, usually takes several sessions, says Dr. Luis Navarro, director of New York City’s Vein Treatment Center. The treatment costs about $500 for a 4- to 6-week session (insurance will cover in some instances; ask your doctor).
- Slip on compression hose.Compression hose apply pressure to the veins and encourage circulation, helping soothe symptoms and keep them from getting worse, especially if you’re on your feet for long periods of time, says Dr. Francesco Fusco, dermatology professor at New York City’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. New versions (like Futuro’s trouser socks) are fashionable and functional. Available at most drugstores for about $25.
- Strike a yoga pose.Try the Yoga Nidra pose to promote circulation all over, suggests Nirmala Heriza, author of Dr. Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Medical Benefits of Yoga. How to do it: Lie on your back, arms alongside your body, palms facing up and legs extended and separated about a foot and a half. Close your eyes as you tense and then mentally relax each part of your body from your feet to your head. Do the pose every day for best results.