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Is It Safe to Travel with Painful Varicose Veins?

Is It Safe to Travel with Painful Varicose Veins?

More than a third of Americans suffer from varicose veins, according to data from the Society for Vascular Surgery, often dealing with symptoms like pain, heaviness, and fatigue during activities like walking or standing. If you routinely deal with varicose vein pain, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to travel, especially if traveling involves a lot of walking, hiking, or standing.

At TLC Medical Group Inc., Anthony B. Lewis, MD, FACC, and his team help patients manage the symptoms of varicose veins through patient-centered treatment focused on each individual’s health needs and lifestyle. If travel is in your future, here’s what you need to know about your varicose veins, including the benefits of treatment.

Understanding varicose veins

Varicose veins happen when healthy veins are damaged and stop functioning as they should. Veins contain tiny valves that help blood circulate back to your heart. If a valve is damaged, blood collects behind the valve, causing the swollen, purplish appearance that’s characteristic of varicose veins.

Varicose veins are more common as we age, but they can also affect young people. In addition to older age, common risk factors include:

Varicose veins are also more common among women. 

In addition to their attractive appearance, varicose veins can cause symptoms like:

Left untreated, varicose veins cause skin changes that increase your risk of deep sores called ulcers.

Traveling safely with varicose veins

Most people can travel safely with varicose veins if precautions are taken. First, if your traveling plans include long periods of sitting (like a long plane, car, or train travel), take several breaks to walk around and gently stretch your legs to promote adequate circulation.

Ask Dr. Lewis about prescription compression stockings. These garments apply consistent, gentle pressure that helps blood circulate more effectively. 

Keeping your legs elevated can help reduce both swelling and discomfort. Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine and salty foods.

Make sure to choose comfortable shoes and provide plenty of support for your feet and ankles. Skip thigh-fitting shoes and shoes with pointy toes since these options can restrict circulation around your feet and ankles.

Finally, talk to Dr. Lewis prior to travel. During your visit, he can make recommendations focused on your health needs and the type of travel you plan to prevent problems and keep your veins healthy.

Solutions for your varicose veins

Of course, one of the best ways to avoid travel-related varicose vein complications is to have your varicose veins treated before travel. Dr. Lewis and his team offer multiple treatment options that can be customized to your specific needs. 

In addition to compression stockings, medication, and lifestyle changes, Dr. Lewis offers minimally invasive treatments to close off diseased veins or remove them entirely. Once the problematic veins are removed, your body naturally reroutes blood to maintain optimal circulation.

If you’re dealing with uncomfortable varicose veins, we can help you feel better. To learn more, call 772-200-3829 or request an appointment online with the team at TLC Medical Group in Port St. Lucie, Florida, today. 

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