Varicose veins are often only a cosmetic concern but they can also cause severe discomfort and aching pain. Numerous treatments are available for varicose veins but the pain can be also relieved with several simple home remedies and self-care measures. Home treatments that relieve symptoms of varicose veins also help prevent the gnarled and enlarged veins in your feet from getting worse.
In addition to wearing compression stockings which are the first choice for treatment of varicose veins, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days in the week to improve blood circulation in your feet. Regular exercise will also help you lose excess weight which puts unnecessary pressure on your veins. Avoid prolonged standing or sitting and do not sit with your legs crossed. Some health experts believe that sitting with legs crossed interferes blood circulation. If you have to stand or sit for longer period of time try to move around at once per hour.
If you have problems with varicose veins you should seriously consider giving up high heels no matter how much you love them because they prevent the calf muscles to pump the blood out of your legs effectively.