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Varicose Veins In Ankle

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to tattoo over varicose veins?
    I want to get a tattoo on my ankle but I have a few small, light varicose veins in that are barely visible.Is it safe to get a tattoo over it? I'm not doing it to cover it up, I've just always wanted a tattoo on my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry mandi but varicose veins are veins that have come to the surface.

      If you want to try this first and then get the Tat... but as is, I wouldn't.

      Sclerotherapy. This procedure, which has been available since the 1930s, is another treatment option. This procedure uses a highly concentrated saline (salt) solution or a specially made detergent that is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over 3 to 6 weeks. The procedure is simple, relatively inexpensive, and can be performed in an outpatient setting.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do i prevent swollen ankles and varicose veins?
    my ankles seem to get swollen if i stand up for even 2 minutes. they start throbbing and i dont remember injuring myself. im afraid i might be getting varicose veins

    • ANSWER:
      This can be a potentially dangerous problem. I would really recommend seeing a Dr and watch for signs of clots. ( discoloration, temperature changes at swollen site or pain)
      Best wishes

  3. QUESTION:
    What is something i can do to help my swollen feet?
    Im 19 weeks and 3 days pregnant and my ankles and feet are swollen and i have some of those varicose veins in my ankles. Whats something i can do to help them feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother suffers from variose vains .. swelling ..

      Keep them elavated ...
      Heat is not good .. winter is better ..

      else .. listen to the docs as far as i know.

  4. QUESTION:
    do you know any wyas to minimize varicose veins?
    i notice varicose veins forming around my ankles. ..i heard wearing high-heels can really make them appear...but i only stand 4 ft 10 inches and don't want to look so smidget in front while teaching in a university...
    But even before i already have a purplish 1 cm varicose in the back of the knee since high school..any remedies?
    i mean without surgeries or pills , maybe a cream or a lotion...or something to do so they won't bulge

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunately varicose veins are inherited so find out how your mother coped. Helps to wear support stockings which will give you some compression. Putting your feet up occasionally is also a good thing. Keeping your weight on the lower side (be thin) is also necessary as it puts less stress on your legs. Pregnancy will also put more pressure on the veins but gentle massage and keeping your feet up and your weight low will all help. If they do get unsightly then injections and or surgery is an options so check it out.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone had Sclerotherapy done to their varicose veins? How did it go?
    Hello, just asking around if Sclerotherapy is an efficient and long lasting - problem-free solution for varicose veins?

    Or can you advise anything else?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Loved Andy,
      Sclerotherapy, which takes its name from a Greek word meaning "hardening," is a method of treating enlarged veins by injecting an irritating chemical called a sclerosing agent into the vein. The chemical causes the vein to become inflamed, which leads to the formation of fibrous tissue and closing of the lumen, or central channel of the vein.
      Sclerotherapy Procedures
      In typical outpatient sclerotherapy treatment, the patient changes into a pair of shorts at the doctor's office and lies on an examination table. After cleansing the skin surface with an antiseptic, the doctor injects a sclerosing agent into the veins. This agent is eliminated when the skin is stretched tightly over the area with the other hand. The doctor first injects the larger veins in each area of the leg, then the smaller ones. In most cases, one injection is needed for every inch of spider vein; a typical treatment session will require five to 40 separate injections. No anesthetic is needed for sclerotherapy, although the patient may feel a mild stinging or burning sensation at the injection site.
      The liquid sclerosing agents that are used most often to treat spider veins are polidocanol (aethoxysklerol), sodium tetradecyl sulfate, and saline solution at 11.7% concentration. Some practitioners prefer to use saline because it does not cause allergic reactions. The usual practice is to use the lowest concentration of the chemical that is still effective in closing the veins.
      A newer type of sclerosing agent is a foam instead of a liquid chemical that is injected into the veins. The foam has several advantages: It makes better contact with the wall of the vein than a liquid sclerosing agent; it allows the use of smaller amounts of chemical; and its movement in the vein can be monitored on an ultrasound screen. Sclerosing foam has been shown to have a high success rate with a lower cost, and causes fewer major complications.
      After all the veins in a specific area of the leg have been injected, the doctor covers the area with a cotton ball or pad and compression tape. The patient may be asked to wait in the office for 20–30 minutes after the first treatment session to ensure that there is no hypersensitivity to the sclerosing chemicals. Most sclerotherapy treatment sessions are short, lasting from 15 to 45 minutes.

      Aftercare
      Aftercare following sclerotherapy includes wearing medical compression stockings that apply either 20–30 mmHg or 30–40 mmHg of pressure for at least seven to 10 days (preferably four to six weeks) after the procedure. Wearing compression stockings minimizes the risk of edema, discoloration, and pain. Fashion support stockings are a less acceptable alternative because they do not apply enough pressure to the legs.
      The surgical tape and cotton balls used during the procedure should be left in place for 48 hours after the patient returns home.
      Patients are encouraged to walk, ride a bicycle, or participate in other low-impact forms of exercise (examples: yoga and tai chi) to prevent the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. They should, however, avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting, and such high-impact activities as jogging.
      Alternatives
      Conservative Treatments
      Patients who are experiencing some discomfort from spider veins may be helped by any or several of the following approaches:
      •Exercise. Walking or other forms of exercise that activate the muscles in the lower legs can relieve aching and cramping because these muscles keep the blood moving through the leg veins. One exercise that is often recommended is repeated flexing of the ankle joint. By flexing the ankles five to 10 times every few minutes and walking around for one to two minutes every half hour throughout the day, the patient can prevent the venous congestion that results from sitting or standing in one position for hours at a time.
      •Avoiding high-heeled shoes. Shoes with high heels do not allow the ankle to flex fully when the patient is walking. This limitation of the range of motion of the ankle joint makes it more difficult for the leg muscles to contract and force venous blood upwards toward the heart.
      •Elevating the legs for 15–30 minutes once or twice a day. This change of position is frequently recommended for reducing edema of the feet and ankles.
      •Wearing compression hosiery. Compression benefits the leg veins by reducing inflammation as well as improving venous outflow. Most manufacturers of medical compression stockings now offer some relatively sheer hosiery that is both attractive and that offers support.
      •Medications. Drugs that have been used to treat the discomfort associated with spider veins include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and preparations of vitamins C and E. One prescription medication that is sometimes given to treat circulatory problems in the legs and feet is pentoxifylline, which improves blood flow in the smaller capillaries

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  6. QUESTION:
    My mother is suffering from severe varicose veins. Anybody with information to get relief. she finds difficult?
    Hi Guys
    My mother is suffering from Varicose veins. would appreciate any info to get relief. It is on the top part of the ankle making it difficult to walk. she is in pain. Any remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask Her not to walk if not necessary. Use Akundapata(A herbal product of India) to get relif.

  7. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to get rid and prevent varicose and spider veins?
    okay i'm really really curious on how to get rid and prevent these annoying varicose and spider veins. i don't have varicose veins yet, but i can some little spider veins developing in my ankles and i don't want them !! so is there any natural ways to prevent and get rid of those ? thanks so much in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      There's a blog I love reading, and one of her posts was about this. She's a natural skin care blogger, you might find it useful. http://www.epicbeautyguide.com/2011/08/spider-veins-how-to-prevent-get-rid-of-them/
      Hope it helps :)

  8. QUESTION:
    Is running a marathon going to hurt me in the long run?
    I am only 14 and I am training for my second marathon. I broke my ankle twice three years ago and I am getting varicose veins. Are my legs going to break down on me when I am in my forties or fifties?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it's a good idea at your age especially with all those injuries/problems.Where did you run a marathon (26.2 miles)? Most marathons don't accept registrants under the age of 18,sometimes 16 is the youngest with a parents consent.

  9. QUESTION:
    Have you ever seen a tattoo on a woman's lower leg that looked good?
    They always look like a bruise or varicose veins.
    Ladies,please don't do that!
    Please show some class ladies and don't get a tattoo.

    • ANSWER:
      Ankle bracelets yes

  10. QUESTION:
    Ladies - what is the best way to get rid if varicose veins without surgery?
    I have them on my ankles and thighs. I am only 26 years old! What worked best for you?

    • ANSWER:
      one you have them you can't get rid of them... there are topical creams and lotions you can use to "downplay" the fact that you have them if they really bother you so much

  11. QUESTION:
    Does wrapping your legs around each other more than once cause Varicose Veins/ Deep Vein Thrombosis?
    I.e. Legs crossed at the calves and the crossed over again at the ankles. I sit like this and my father always tells me this will give me DVT or Varicose Veins. Are either of these true?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends, in part, on your age.
      Varicose veins are caused by the backup of blood within the veins due to poor circulation. Veins have built-in check valves that prevent retrograde flow; when these valves become 'worn out' over time, blood cannot drain properly and accumulates within the veins, causing them to dilate and become visible. This tends to affect superficial veins of the legs, rather than deep veins, because the muscles surrounding deep veins usually help to circulate blood when moving.
      DVT (deep venous thrombosis) is analogous to your leg 'having a stroke.' A clot forms within one of the large veins and blocks outflow of blood; as a result, the affected leg swells up significantly. DVT usually only occurs in elderly patients who have clotting disorders or a predisposition to (or existing history of) thromboembolic disease (e.g. atherosclerosis, decades of high cholesterol, major surgery, acute infection, etc.).
      If you're healthy and young, you can cross your legs all you want, and all you need to worry about is trying to walk around on a leg that's fallen asleep. If you're getting a bit older, it'd be a better idea to sit 'properly.'

  12. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of spider veins in the creases of my nose?
    I have red line veins on the inside creases by where the cheeks meet the nose.
    I am wondering if you have this problem and if you know what causes it and how i can possibly get rid of them?

    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      spider veins are enlargements of otherwise invisible blood vessels in the skin that take on a blue or red color. They can be flat or raised, may occur anywhere on the thighs, legs, ankles and feet, and are found in both men and women. Spider veins are the thread-like colored veins most often seen on the surface of the skin. They are most often not as painful as enlarged varicose veins but they are still liable to bleed and worsen without treatment. Spider veins occur most commonly in the legs
      but are often seen in the face and elsewhere. These spider veins, medically referred to as telangectasias, will not worsen to the point where they will ever become the large bulging varicose veins
      Spider veins and varicose veins are not the same -- and one does not lead to the other. Whereas varicose veins are large, swollen and occur singularly on the legs, spider veins are delicate and tend to be come in cliques. They are, however, caused by similar factors.

      Exactly what happens in the body to produce spider veins isn't known for sure, though there are several theories that address possible causes. One theory is that spider veins, which occur near the surface of the skin, are fed by underlying varicose veins too small or embedded too deeply to reach the skin surface. These underlying veins disrupt circulation, causing spider veins to grow above them. Another theory is that spider veins are little arteries that have latched on to the network of veins nearest the skin surface. Because arteries are highly pressurized and the surface veins have low pressure, the combination of the arterial blood (oxygenated blood flowing to the heart) with the venal blood (deoxygenated blood flowing away from the heart) causes spider veins to be visible.

      Although the cause of spider veins is not actually known, they may have their basis in heredity or hormones, especially estrogen. Many times spider veins occur together with varicose veins. While many patients seek treatment for cosmetic improvement, others are looking for relief from discomfort. Spider veins are formed by the dilation of the small veins under the surface of the skin, mostly on the legs. They look like red or purple sunbursts or web patterns. Spider veins are also referred to as telangiectasia or broken capillaries. They usually pose no health hazard but may produce a dull aching or burning in the legs after prolonged standing.

      Support hose and weight loss are often mentioned as ways to prevent or treat spider veins but do not necessarily improve the condition. The only real treatment for these vessels is to eradicate them. The preferred treatment is injecting a solution into the vein that causes the vein to contract. The process is called sclerotherapy.

      Sclerotherapy is almost painless and improves the appearance but it does not prevent new spider veins from developing in the future. While lasers are frequently used to eliminate spider veins on the face, they are generally not as effective as sclerotherapy on veins in the arms and legs. Sclerotherapy is still the best and safest treatment for spider veins. It causes minimal discomfort. A concentrated salt (saline) or specially developed chemical solution is injected with a very small needle into the spider vein. This pickles the inside of the vein so it closes up. It later collapses and becomes scar tissue that eventually is absorbed by the body.

      Sclerotherapy generally requires multiple treatment sessions. Post-treatment therapy includes wearing compression bandages or support hose for two days to three weeks following treatment. Although sclerotherapy works for current spider veins, it does not prevent future ones from developing.

      There are several ways to treat spider veins on the face. Lasers have been used successfully, alone or in combination with electric needle therapy. The heat from the high intensity laser beam or intense pulsed light device selectively destroys the abnormal veins. It is best for tiny veins in fair skinned people. With the electric needle, the veins are sealed off with the application of electrical current.

      i hope his can help
      regards

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I get Reid of spider veins with out laser or surgery?
    I don't want to get surgery but I have some veins on the side and back of my legs. I do stand alot and do try to walk durning my day. I want to know if any women out there has tried any products that work. I've heard of vitamin k and compresson socks. I just want to be able to wear shorts with out feeling like I have ugly legs. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking this herbal blend for about 1 year and it has dimished the appearance of my spider veins...I love this product.

      Read this information:
      Varicose veins, swollen, tired, painful, itching, tingling legs can interfere with your daily activities. Do something about
      this with Arbonne’s exclusive Leg Vein Formula, a combination of standardized horse chestnut seed extract and Arbonne’s proprietary herbal blend of bilberry, butcher’s broom and gotu kola. The key ingredient in this formula, horse chestnut seed extract, is used in Europe and Asia to
      help tone the blood vessels, strengthening the veins*. The extract we use in this formula is standardized to ensure the
      same amount of active component in each tablet. This product is based on scientific research, and the amount of the active component that we use (100 mg Escin per day) has been shown to be effective.
      The proprietary herbal blend is added to support the active ingredient in this formula, making this product unique and
      exclusive to Arbonne.

      Ingredients: herb functions:
      Horse Chestnut - The active component of horse chestnut seed, escin, helps strengthen capillary cells and reduce fluid leakage.
      Bilberry - Helps circulation by stimulating new capillary formation, strengthening capillary walls and increasing the overall health of the circulatory system.
      Butcher’s Broom - This herb has a long history of treating venous problems like varicose veins. It contains two anti-inflammatory compounds that constrict and strengthen veins.
      Gotu Kola - Useful in treating circulatory problems in the lower limbs, including venous insufficiency, water retention in the ankles, foot swelling and varicose veins.

      This product is 45 days guaranteed and keeps the Arbonne philosophy of pure, safe and beneficial.

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  14. QUESTION:
    is it considered bad if you sit crossing your legs in front of your professor?
    like is it really low mannered to cross your legs in front of anyone in general?

    I know it's bad health wise (causes bad circulation and varicose veins) but is it also a bad etiquette?

    I always sit in the front row with my friends cross-legged and I think my professor doesn't like it, he just keeps staring at us with kind of a disgusted look :
    what does ghetto mean?

    • ANSWER:
      If your legs are crossed properly -- at the ankle -- it's fine. Crossed at the knee is not so good.

  15. QUESTION:
    there is a chroni varicose pain in my legs.I have to sit on chair during the day.How can I get rid of the pain
    I am forty years old.The blue vein are on my legs and even my ankles.My left leg is more painful,specially in my calf and ankle.I do appreciate your helpful answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Varicose veins are a common problem and can become quite sore. Wearing compression stockings (special medical grade stockings that put pressure evenly on your legs) is a non-invasive option. Standing up frequently and moving around may help, but the basic problem in this situation is that blood can't get out of the affected vein easily. Some people have found horse chestnut oil in small amounts on the area can help, but there is no direct data about its effectiveness. Finally, if it is causing that much trouble, you might consider seeing a vein specialist regarding other treatments (laser, saline injection, stripping, surgery).

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for my lower legs and ankles to swell after standing for an hour?
    I've been painting my door and spent an hour today and yesterday on it. Afterwards my lower legs and ankles have been noticeably swollen. My sodium intake is normal to low, it has not been hot out, I'm not overweight, and I'm not really old. Is this normal and why might it be happening? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Gravity works ! Blood returns from the legs to te heart via the veins in the legs. Since gravity does indeed work these veins have valves in them which prevent the backflow of blood and keep it moving upward toward the heart. The driving force for this movement is muscular contractions in the leg muscles. If the valves are incompetent the legs will swell upon prolonged standing and you will develop varicose veins. (dilated superficial veins). Keeping the blood moving is the reason you are supposed to get up and walk about during long airplane or automobile trips. If blood stagnates in the leg veins during periods of immobility, blood clots can form and can be dangerous. There are other reasons for leg swelling such as kidney problems causing salt and water imbalances and cardiac dysfunctions.
      See your doctor to see where you fit.

  17. QUESTION:
    Ladies - what is the best way to get rid if varicose veins without surgery?
    I have them on my ankles and thighs. I am only 26 years old! What worked best for you?
    NOT varicose veins.... Spider Veins! My Mistake.....

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery.
      But they come back.!
      sorry theres nothing much yu can do:(

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes and what is the remedy for swelling feet, ankles, and legs? I have this problem now 4 over a week.
    I have never before had the ongoing problem of feet, ankles, and legs swelling and staying that way despite ice packs and elevation. I am now 70 years young and have always been fairly active. I am now retired, and everything seems to be going wrong at once. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, what did you do about it?

    I am now on water pills for the past two days, but so far, no results have come of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations.

      Swollen legs may be a sign of heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure. In these conditions, there is too much fluid in the body.

      Other conditions that can cause swelling to one or both legs include:

      Blood clot
      Leg infection
      Venous insufficiency (when the veins in your legs are unable to adequately pump blood back to the heart)
      Varicose veins
      Burns (including sunburn)
      Insect bite or sting
      Starvation or malnutrition
      Surgery to your leg or foot

      Certain medications may also cause your legs to swell:

      Hormones like estrogen (in birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy) and testosterone
      A group of blood pressure lowering drugs called calcium channel blockers (such as nifedipine, amlodipine, diltiazem, felodipine, and verapamil)
      Steroids
      Antidepressants, including MAO inhibitors (such as phenelzine and tranylcypromine) and tricyclics (such as nortriptyline, desipramine, and amitriptyline)

      Home Care

      Elevate your legs above your heart while lying down.
      Exercise your legs. This helps pump fluid from your legs back to your heart.
      Wear support stockings (sold at most drug and medical supply stores).
      Try to follow a low-salt diet, which may reduce fluid retention and swelling.

      Call 911 if:

      You feel short of breath.
      You have chest pain, especially if it feels like pressure or tightness.

      Call your doctor right away if:

      You have decreased urine output.
      You have a history of liver disease and now have swelling in your legs or abdomen.
      Your swollen foot or leg is red or warm to the touch.
      You have a fever.
      You are pregnant and have more than just mild swelling or have a sudden increase in swelling.
      Also call your doctor if self care measures do not help or swelling worsens.

      Once you start taking lasix or another form of water pill it usually takes a few days to a week before you'll actually start to see results.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a 29 year old to have varicose veins?
    I'm 29 years old and I looked behind my legs and I can see veins starting to stick out. My legs also have been pretty sore/achy from the back of my leg, starting from the back of my knee to my ankle. Both legs are sore. Haven't done anything different, I'm not over weight and my legs are thin. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you need to reduce your intake of junk sugar as in items 33 and 135 in http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm

  20. QUESTION:
    Why do some people have blue spots on their lower legs and or feet?
    Saw an elderly lady the other day whose lower legs and ankles looked like a blueberry muffin. She had blue spots that appeared to be underneath the skin . She was wearing capri pants and sandals. I am guessing it was due to old age, and while I will never be able to eat a blueberry muffin again was wondering if there is anyway to prevent that from ever happening to my own feet?

    • ANSWER:
      ruptured or varicose veins. to avoid them walk daily, don't cross your legs over one another when you sit, and practice dry brushing your skin, starting from your feet to your heart, daily.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can urine acid cause painful leg swelling?
    65 year old brother has been having swollen legs from knees down to ankles for 2 years. Doctor says it is caused by urine acid. He prescribed some medication but it's not helping him.
    He did not give him any other advice.
    Comments please.
    Chris: Thanks for the correction. English is his second launguage, so he misunderstood uric for urine. Now I know where to look for further info.

    • ANSWER:
      Your brother most likely has "Uric Acid" problems, if the 'doctor' has any idea what he's talking about. Uric acid forms in many people, and tends to settle around joints, such as the knee, ankle, and big toe. This is a very, very old complaint. In fact, in bygone days, it was called gout and they thought it was due to drinking alcohol. Some quacks still hold to this belief.

      Is your brother diabetic, over weight, or being treated for hypertension (high BP)? If so, uric acid could be the problem, but there are others. Diabetics tend to have swelling of the legs, poor circulation, and so on. There is a simple test for this problem (examine the blood for uric acid crystals), and then treat. But, as with anything, the medicine may or may not work, since we're all slightly different. And, if it isn't uric acid, then it won't work. There are home remedies that may work, such as vinegar. Also, watching what he eats may help. Alcohol can cause flare up, but not in everyone. Some foods can cause it to flare up as well. I doubt I have space here to list everything, but you can check online at some of the medical sites to see if you know anything he does that may trigger bouts with it.

      If it is 'gout,' the pain can be intense. You may try raising the legs, such as in a recliner or using pillows in bed, to about a 20 degree incline. This works with most leg problems, from varicose veins to swelling, and in both men and women.

      They may be other medicine to try on the market, but you may need to see another quack, er, doctor. Sadly, today, too many are so stuck-on-themselves that they won't admit they may be wrong, or that you may be different (and their training is thus wrong) in such a way that the medicine doesn't work. And, since your doctor was so helpful in giving advice, I suspect this is the case. A good doctor should take the time to answer any questions you have about your condition, and alternative treatments, when available, but that is not always the case.

      Example. I 40-year-old man was taken to the ER for extreme pain in his right foot. He had no idea what happened to it, other than it started hurting the day before, began swelling, turned a blushed or reddish color, and finally made him seek medical attention since he could not walk and even "air touching it hurt." The doctor immediately declared it was gout, order a test to confirm it, and went out to write this in the man's medical charts. Even though the man did not drink, the doctor wrote that the man was drinking and set off an attack of gout. When the test came back without the expected uric acid results, but an elevated white blood cell count, the doctor assumed it was wrong, and held his opinion. Two days later, the man noticed that his foot was returning to a normal color, and the swelling was leaving. At this point, he noticed a small red place on the arch of his foot. When it was examined closer, it was found to be a bite or sting site. This, with the allergy to insect bites and the elevated white BC count, lead to the actual cause of the problem, a spider bite, that happened while the man was sleeping. It may just have been luck that the man was diabetic, which kept the poison from spreading and thus causing a more severe reaction, that could have been fatal. The lack of uric acid and elevated white blood count should have suggested something else was wrong, but... The 'doctor' who found the problem was not a doctor, but an Army medic, formerly, and he credited it with 'luck' and not his training. But, as I have seen often enough, usually the EMT and 'lesser' trained people can do better than the inflated ego doctors, and their big incomes.

      There are a number of causes to swelling legs. A complete history should suggest some alternatives, from poor circulation on up. A second opinion would be your best option, I think. And, keeping the legs elevated should help some, regardless of the cause.

      Hope he gets to feeling better.

  22. QUESTION:
    can some physician or specialist from India suggest best home treatment for varicose veins?
    I have vricose veins problem around my ankles ( more on te left ankle)

    • ANSWER:
      My mother had varicose veins so bad she was supposed to have surgery to pull some of them. I have a lot of knowledge in applied nutrition and I told her to take 400 to 800 IU of Vitamin E a day and guess what? She avoided the surgery. Of course all the doctors and nurses in my family said it wouldn't work but they got to eat their words. You could take one 400 IU and break the other open and put it directly on the skin of your left ankle.

  23. QUESTION:
    Could you please tell me what causes varicose veins and if there is a remedy other than surgical?
    These are tiny veins that are seen mainly on your legs, and sometime and can be very embarassing especially when you have to put on a bathing suit

    • ANSWER:
      "Vericose veins tend to run in families and are more common in people who are overweight. In most cases, they donot require treatment. If varicose veins cause bothersome symptoms, treatment may be helpful.

      You usually cannot prevent varicose veins from developing. Home treatment may help slow their progression, relieve symptoms, and prevent complications.

      Home Treatment:
      *Wear supportive elastic stockings (full-length, not knee-highs). For mild symptoms, regular support pantyhose may work. For more bothersome symptoms, buy elastic stockings at a pharmacy or medical supply store (your doctor can give you a prescription).
      * Avoid tight clothing that limits circulation, such as knee-high stockings which are so tight that they leave elastic band marks around your legs, or pants that are tight in the waist and thighs. Tight clothing cuts off circulation and can worsen varicose veins.

      *Elevate your legs on a footstool when you are sitting. Avoid crossing your legs at the knee. Put your feet flat on the floor or cross your legs at the ankles. At the end of the day, elevate your legs above your heart for awhile.

      *Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Get up and walk around often, or sit down and elevate your legs. Contracting the muscles in your legs helps move blood back toward the heart.

      *Get regular exercise, such as walking, bicycling, dancing, or swimming. Working your leg muscles helps keep blood from pooling in the legs.

      *Maintain a healthy body weight.

  24. QUESTION:
    What kind of shoes are best for standing all day?
    I stand on my feet all day, I'm over weight, and my feet are DYING. The part that hurts the most/worst are my heels! The rest isn't that bad, actually, but my heels and part of my ankles feel like they may explode.

    So that being said does anyone have any suggestions for me??? Also it's only my 3rd day of work, so hopefully it'll get a little better once I adjust, right? :D

    Thanks! >.<

    • ANSWER:
      As a nurse i stand all day, I have sore feet too. I found that going to a specialty shoe store and getting them to see where my "pressure points" are on my feet was really helpful. They were able to recommend some comfy orthotics, a little pricey, but last forever! Also, hugely helpful to keep you from getting tired is try picking up some compression stockings that give you about 20mmHg compression around your calfs. This made a huge difference for me - and it prevent varicose veins!

  25. QUESTION:
    24 weeks pregnant and having some swelling in my right ankle with pain?
    I'm 24 weeks as of yesterday with my third child and i'm having some ankle swelling in my right ankle! It does hurt too and my right foot is colder than my left. Just wondering if this was normal?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to be seen ASAP for a blood clot in your ankle. It could just be varicose veins or normal pregnancy swelling (sometimes one side is worse than the other)...but this is a serious reason to be checked out.

  26. QUESTION:
    What do you think is wrong with my legs?
    I have a burning pain from the knee down going to my ankle, a sharp pain where my bones come together, a sore pain on the sides, and large sacks of inflammation around the knee. My pain scale is a 8 or 9 and the xray at most shows a small amount of calcium.

    No other scans were done over a 3 year period and all pain killers have quit working.

    What is most likely the real diagnoses?

    • ANSWER:
      The xray showed calcium? Didnt the doctor share his/her thoughts whats wrong??
      Did this pain start on its own or did you injure your leg.
      They didnt see any leg tumors on the xray? Sumtyms that can cause an increase of calcium.

      Burning makes me think nerve pain but itf your knee is swelling something else is going on. Have you been checked for varicose veins? You would need an ultrasound.
      If you have had this for 3 years i doubt its really bad or you wouldn be on here.
      Id say nerve damage or the vein problem (my step dad has a vein problem over his left knee)

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for the vascular system to break down in a localized area?
    I am a 56 year old male 6' 5". Very active and very fit. The veins in my lower right leg are much more prominent than my left, almost to the point you might consider them varicose. This is the only area I show signs of this. It's on the medial side of my shin and goes up about 6 - 8" from my ankle. I had an incident of severe pain in that area 6 months ago that subsided after a few hours. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      problems from diabetes. avoid sugar.
      get tested.

  28. QUESTION:
    In what positions are varicose veins normally found?
    I am asking specifically where on the lower leg they are usually found please.

    • ANSWER:
      hi, they are normally found running from your ankle to your knee, mainly in the calf area, if they are bad they show up like blue knots under the skin, you can also feel them, hope this answers your question, ralph.

  29. QUESTION:
    what might be cause of bilateral ankle oedema?
    48 years old Female present with bilateral ankle oedema.Few years back was diagnosed with filariasis.continued the drug course for Filarasis.also has varicose vein and hypertension.
    the skin is not red over the swollen area.
    What possibly causes can you think of?

    • ANSWER:
      Bilateral makes me think systemic conditions and end organ failures. Eg. congestive cardiac failure, chronic renal or liver failure, hypothyroidism, infection (eg. flarial reinfection; sepsis), lymphoma or any intra-abdominal or intrapelvic mass possibly causing significant venous occlusion; drug reactions; dependence oedema; iatrogenic eg. IV overhydration; pregnancy, bilateral cellulitis and bilateral DVT less likely in her context. (I reckon high blood pressure itself cannot explain her oedema although possibly ischaemic limbs for which hypertension is a risk factor. Then again, bilateral ischaemic limbs is not common).

  30. QUESTION:
    i am looking for a specialist who knows anything about gravatational leg ulcers and how to treat them?
    i have 2 gravtational ulcers on my left ankle. i have a history of dvt's in both legs and have seen many dr's regarding this problem. i am looking for help in regards to a specialist who can treat and or heal these for me. i have extreme amount of pain with these ulcers and have no quality of life what so ever.i am 36. and male.

    • ANSWER:
      Leg ulcers
      What are leg ulcers?
      Leg ulcers skin loss on the leg or foot due to any cause. They occur in association with a range of disease processes, most commonly with blood circulation diseases. Leg ulcers may be acute or chronic. Acute ulcers are sometimes defined as those that follow the normal phases of healing; they are expected to show signs of healing in less than 4 weeks and include traumatic and postoperative wounds. Chronic ulcers are those that persist for longer than 4 weeks and are often of complex poorly understood origin.

      Ulcers may be provoked by injury or pressure such as from a plaster cast or ill-fitting ski boot. They may also be caused by bacterial infection, especially impetigo, ecthyma and cellulitis and less often tuberculosis or leprosy.

      Chronic leg ulceration affects about 1% of the middle-aged and elderly population. It most commonly occurs after a minor injury in association with:

      Chronic venous insufficiency (45-80%)
      Chronic arterial insufficiency (5-20%)
      Diabetes (15-25%)
      Chronic leg ulcers may also be due to skin cancer, which may be diagnosed by a skin biopsy of the edge of a suspicious lesion. There are also many less common causes of ulcers including systemic diseases such as systemic sclerosis, vasculitis and various skin conditions especially pyoderma gangrenosum.

      What causes leg ulcers?
      Venous insufficiency refers to improper functioning of the one-way valves in the veins. Veins drain blood from the feet and lower legs uphill to the heart. Two mechanisms assist this uphill flow, the calf muscle pump which pushes blood towards the heart during exercise, and the one-way valves which prevent the flow of blood back downhill. Faulty valves and impaired calf pumping action result in pooling of blood around the lower part of the leg to just below the ankle. The increased venous pressure causes fibrin deposits around the capillaries, which then act as a barrier to the flow of oxygen and nutrients to muscle and skin tissue. The death of tissue cells leads to the ulceration.

      Arterial insufficiency refers to poor blood circulation to the lower leg and foot and is most often due to atherosclerosis. In atherosclerosis the arteries become narrowed from deposits of fatty substances in the arterial vessel walls, often due to high levels of circulating cholesterol and aggravated by smoking and high blood pressure (hypertension). The arteries fail to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the leg and foot resulting in tissue breakdown.

      Diabetic ulcers are caused by the combination of arterial blockage and nerve damage. Although diabetic ulcers may occur on other parts of the body they are more common on the foot. The nerve damage or sensory neuropathy reduces awareness of pressure, heat or injury. Rubbing and pressure on the foot goes unnoticed and causes damage to the skin and subsequent ‘neuropathic’ ulceration.

      Who is at risk of leg ulcers?
      Certain conditions have been linked with the development of venous and arterial leg ulcers.

      Venous ulcers Arterial ulcers
      Varicose veins
      History of leg swelling
      History of blood clots, e.g. deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
      Sitting or standing for long periods
      High blood pressure
      Multiple pregnancies
      Previous surgery
      Fractures or injuries
      Obesity
      Increasing age and immobility
      Diabetes
      Smoking
      High blood fat/cholesterol
      High blood pressure
      Renal failure
      Obesity
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Clotting and circulation disorders
      History of heart disease, cerebrovascular disease or peripheral vascular disease

      Diabetic ulcers are more likely if diabetes is not well controlled by diet and/or medication. Ulcers are also more likely if there is poor care of the feet, badly fitting shoes and continued smoking.

      What are the signs and symptoms of leg ulcers?
      The features of venous and arterial ulcers differ somewhat.

      Characteristics of venous ulcers:

      Located below the knee, most often on the inner part of the ankles.
      Relatively painless unless infected.
      Associated with aching, swollen lower legs that feel more comfortable when elevated.
      Surrounded by mottled brown or black staining and/or dry, itchy and reddened skin (gravitational or venous eczema).

      Venous ulcers

      Characteristics of arterial ulcers:

      Usually found on the feet, heels or toes.
      Frequently painful, particularly at night in bed or when the legs are at rest and elevated. This pain is relieved when the legs are lowered with feet on the floor as gravity causes more blood to flow into the legs.
      The borders of the ulcer appear as though they have been ‘punched out’.
      Associated with cold white or bluish, shiny feet.
      There may be cramp-like pains in the legs when walking, known as intermittent claudication, as the leg muscles do not receive enough oxygenated blood to function properly. Rest will relieve this pain.

      Diabetic ulcer
      Neuropathic ulcer
      (Spina bifida)
      Traumatic ulcers (paraplegic)

      Diabetic ulcers have similar characteristics to arterial ulcers but are more notably located over pressure points such as heels, tips of toes, between toes or anywhere the bones may protrude and rub against bedsheets, socks or shoes. In response to pressure, the skin increases in thickness (callus) but with a minor injury breaks down and ulcerates.

      Infected ulcers characteristically have yellow surface crust or green/yellow pus and they may smell unpleasant. There may be surrounding tender redness, warmth and swelling (cellulitis).

      What is the treatment for leg ulcers?
      Where possible, treatment aims to reverse the factors that have caused the ulcer. As ulcers are often the result of both arterial and venous disease, careful assessment is needed first.

      Venous leg ulcers, in the absence of arterial disease, are usually treated with exercise, elevation at rest, and compression. Compression must not be used if there is significant arterial disease, as it will aggravate an inadequate blood supply. Varicose vein treatment may also help.

      A vascular surgeon should assess patients with arterial leg ulcers as they may require surgery to relieve the narrowing of the arteries.

      It is also very important to treat underlying diseases such as diabetes and to stop smoking.

      Cleaning the wound
      No matter what the cause of the ulcer, meticulous skin care, and cleansing of the wound are essential. The removal of surface contamination and dead tissue is known as debridement. Surgical debridement or medical debridement using wet and dry dressings and ointments may be used. Maggots and larval therapy are occasionally recommended. Debridement converts the chronic wound into an acute wound so that it can progress through the normal stages of healing.

      Treating infection
      Antibiotics are not necessary unless there is tissue infection. This is likely if the ulcer becomes more painful and/or the surrounding skin becomes red, hot or swollen (cellulitis). Cellulitis may also result in fever and sickness. It should be treated with oral antibiotics such as flucloxacillin – the choice will depend on the causative organism. Topical antibiotics are best avoided because their use may result in increased antibiotic resistance and allergy.

      Wound dressings
      There is a whole range of specialised dressings available to assist with the various stages of wound healing. These are classified as non-absorbent, absorbent, debriding, self-adhering and other. Consult an expert in wound healing to determine the most suitable; this will depend on the site and type of ulcer, personal preference and cost.

      Dressings are usually occlusive as ulcers heal better in a moist environment. If the ulcer is clean and dry, occlusive dressings are usually changed weekly; more frequent changes are avoided as dressing changes remove healthy cells as well as debris. Contaminated or weeping wounds may require more frequent dressing changes, sometimes every few hours. Honey dressings can be helpful.

      Accelerate wound healing
      Wound healing requires adequate protein, iron, vitamin C and zinc. Supplements may be prescribed if they are deficient in the diet.

      New products to aid wound healing are available but require further research to determine their effectiveness. These include:

      Growth factors and cytokines
      Hyperbaric oxygen to increase tissue oxygen tension
      Skin graft substitutes
      Connective tissue matrix
      Expanded epidermis
      Epidermal stem cells
      V.A.C. (vacuum assisted closure) device
      In some patients, the ulcers fail to heal by themselves and require plastic surgery. The procedure typically involves taking skin from elsewhere on the patient's body and placing it over the ulcer (skin grafting). Despite this procedure, it is not uncommon for the ulcer to recur.

      Compression therapy
      Compression therapy is an important part of the management of venous leg ulcers and chronic swelling of the lower leg. Compression therapy is achieved by using a stocking or bandage that is wrapped from the toes or foot to the area below the knee. This externally created pressure on the leg helps to heal the ulcer by increasing the calf muscle pump action and reduce swelling in the leg.

      Several options are available to achieve compression:

      Several layers of bandage (3 or 4-layer bandage compression system)
      Shaped tubular bandage
      Elastic graduated compression hosiery (stockings)
      Unna boot (gauze bandage impregnated with zinc oxide)
      Can leg ulcers be prevented?
      To prevent leg ulcers and to promote healing of ulcers:

      Be very careful not to injure your legs, particularly when pushing a supermarket trolley. Consider protective shin splints.
      Walk and exercise for at least an hour a day to keep the calf muscle pump working properly.
      Lose weight if you are overweight.
      Stop smoking.
      Check your feet and legs regularly. Look for cracks, sores or changes in colour. Moisturise after bathing.
      Wear comfortable well-fitting shoes and socks. Avoid socks with a tight garter or cuff. Check the inside of shoes for small stones or rough patches before you put them on.
      If you have to stand for more than a few minutes, try to vary your stance as much as possible.
      When sitting, wriggle your toes, move your feet up and down and take frequent walks.
      Avoid sitting with your legs crossed. Put your feet up on a padded stool to reduce swelling.
      Avoid extremes of temperature such as hot baths or sitting close to a heater. Keep cold feet warm with socks and slippers.
      Consult a chiropodist or podiatrist to remove callus or hard skin.
      Wear support stockings (compression hosiery) if your doctor has advised these.

  31. QUESTION:
    My ankle is swollen, face is drooping, eyes puffy, coughing up flem, fatigued and my circulation feels weird?
    I also had chest pains a while ago and it was hard to breathe. My doctor just said I have low iron and that my leg discomfort is only from my varicose veins, but I think it might be deeper... Kidney problems perhaps? Just seeking some advice - trying to get an angle my doctor didn't. Thanks for your help
    Or a thyroid problem maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      i would say a thyroid problem.
      did they do a blood test to check your TSH, free T3, and free T4?
      if not i'd go back in and tell them to do it. cuz you have classic symptoms of hypothyroidism.
      here check this out.
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-symptoms
      and if you do have it go to an endocrinologist cuz they specialize in this. and the regular doctors just don't get it. and there is a difference in what regular doctors consider hypothyroidism and what an endocrinologist considers hypothyroidism. so its best to see an endocrinologist.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why am i swollen this early in pregnancy ?
    I'm 4 months pregnant and have become really swollen, especially round the ankles and can hardly walk. I have bad headaches too. Why is this happening this early on in pregnancy? This is my first and i thought that you get the swollen ankles etc nearer the end. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Swollen ankles in pregnancy
      Swollen ankles are very common in pregnancy, particularly during hot weather or in the later stages of pregnancy, when excess fluid tends to accumulate. Mild swelling of the ankles is usually not a cause for concern. Elevating your ankles, preferably to the same level as your hips, whenever possible and wearing support tights may ease the swelling. Your ankles may be checked, along with your blood pressure, at each antenatal visit (see Routine antenatal care). However, swelling confined to only one ankle should always be brought to your doctor's attention immediately.

      1 Is only one ankle swollen?

      Are you more than 28 weeks pregnant, and do you have one or more of the following?

      Swelling of the face or hands
      Sudden weight gain
      Severe headaches
      Disturbed vision

      Do you suffer from varicose veins?

      Have you been standing still for a prolonged period of time or sitting with your legs down?

      Call your doctor now

      Possible cause Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), in which a blood clot blocks a vein in the leg, is a possibility. If it is not treated, a piece of clot may break off and then lodge in a blood vessel in the lungs, blocking the blood flow.

      Action If your doctor suspects a DVT, you will be referred for tests, such as Doppler ultrasound scanning, to examine the veins in your leg. Treatment depends on the stage of your pregnancy, but anticoagulant drugs may be prescribed.

      Possible cause You may have pre-eclampsia, a condition that may threaten your life and that of your baby.

      Action Your doctor will measure your blood pressure and test your urine for evidence of pre-eclampsia. You may need to be admitted to hospital for monitoring (see Fetal monitoring).

      Possible cause Varicose veins (swollen and distorted veins) often worsen in pregnancy because of hormone changes and the pressure of the growing baby on the veins in the pelvic region, which return blood to the heart.

      Action Try following the self-help advice on coping with varicose veins, which will probably help control your symptoms. If your symptoms are severe, consult your doctor.

      Possible cause and action It is normal for the ankles to swell after standing or sitting with your legs down. Try to avoid standing still for long, and put your feet up whenever possible. Always try to keep your feet at the same level as your hips when sitting.

      Possible cause and action Swollen ankles are common in pregnancy. Your doctor will probably check your ankles at your next antenatal visit and examine you to make sure that there is no cause for concern (see Routine antenatal care).

      Pre-eclampsia
      Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy in which there is raised blood pressure, leakage of protein into the urine, and excessive fluid retention. Mild pre-eclampsia develops in the last 3 months of approximately 1 in 20 first pregnancies and is less common with subsequent births. Pre-eclampsia results in a decrease in blood flow to the baby and, if it is severe, can be life threatening to both the mother and the baby.

      Checking for early signs of pre-eclampsia is a vital part of antenatal care. If pre-eclampsia is diagnosed, the initial treatment is usually rest. If this is not effective, hospital admission is needed to monitor the mother and the baby. In some cases, antihypertensive drugs are prescribed to lower the mother's blood pressure. If pre-eclampsia is difficult to control, labour may need to be induced early. Blood pressure usually returns to normal within a week of delivery.
      Routine antenatal care

      Checking the fetal heart
      Ultrasound picks up the fetal heartbeat and relays it to a speaker.
      Routine antenatal care is essential to make sure that you and your baby progress well and to detect any problems that might occur as soon as possible. Check-ups usually start at about 11 weeks and become more frequent as the pregnancy progresses.

      On your first visit, your doctor will ask about illnesses such as diabetes that may affect your pregnancy. Blood and urine tests will be arranged, including tests to check your blood group and for anaemia. In follow-up visits, you will be examined to assess your baby's growth and wellbeing. Your blood pressure will be measured, and a urine sample may be tested for protein and glucose to detect early pre-eclampsia or diabetes. One or more ultrasound scans will be carried out during the pregnancy to check the site of the placenta, detect multiple pregnancies, and exclude fetal abnormalities.

  33. QUESTION:
    How apple cider vinegar works for varicose veins?
    i hv visible veins on my hands n its vry embarrassing.i heard abt apple cider vinegar treatment.
    i just want to know does it really work ????????? n how??? anyone tryed it plz plz help.
    m a girl n it does effact on me n i feel vry bad about it,thts y m asking here so plz gv me reply does it really work on varicose?

    • ANSWER:
      Only apple vinegar may not work. But, varicose veins ----blockage of toxins and energy in the heart.

      1.Vericose* Veins— (Vericose)—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x, NM 3x and S 12x; failing which 1 pill of Zinc Met 30 be also given twice daily.
      2. Veins— enlargement of blood vessel or other disease of Mixture of CF 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x and MP 3x.
      • Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      • All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.
      How to bring down cholesterol levels in blood and prevent/cure angina
      pectoris?
      Take one cup each of juices of lime, ginger, lasan[telugu-vellulli
      paya], apple vinegar and boil it in sim until it is reduced into 3
      cups and after cooling completely, add one cup of honey.
      Dosage--- 2 tsps., daily in an empty stomach for 2 months has already
      removed small blockages in the heart. I used it twice in 2011 and my symptoms of angina are vanished.

      3. Eat a mixture of half a teaspoon of powder of cinnamon + half a teaspoon of pure honey twice a day for 45 to 60 days.

      4. Prevention * & Cure* of any Disease/Syndrome/Disorder:---
      In any ailment [acute as well as chronic] and emergencies, Acupressure techniques come to Ur rescue, not only for instant diagnosis, but also for giving some prevention of any disease[s] and perceivable relief/cure.
      Acupressure techniques--- Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels.
      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      If the particular point is tender on pressure by Ur thumb, U can note that that particular organ[s] is/are affected. U can indulge in instant diagnosis of any disease and or the affected organ[s].
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a…

      Dorsal side of Palms & soles to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc., :

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a…

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol.I & II available in all Indian Languages all over the globe---by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there something wrong with my legs?
    I'm only 14 and I think I have problems with my legs. My legs are the chubbiest part of my body. My ankles and feet are always freezing cold. My legs constanyly ache and are often sore after pressure has been put on them. Recently I have noticed a few cappillaries showing through. My mum has really bad varicose veins. Also, my legs break out in rashes often. Does any of this link up, is there something wrong with my legs, if so, is there treatment? please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the other answer. It must be problem with blood circulation. Stay calm, I have a solution, just for this type of problem. Search for nestoiter-gravity on Amazon. The rock pillow is what you need. If you cannot buy it, make one yourself. There is plenty of information on my website. Follow the user guide and in a month or two your feet will begin to get warm. It works. By simply standing and stepping, you are getting your feet massaged. It feels great, and it's good for your health. I hope this helped with your question.

  35. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins?

    • ANSWER:
      i know you are looking for a topical answer, but i had the newer procedure called vein closure. my veins on the inside of my legs werent functioning at all. the right leg was horribly ugly, bulging with nasty veins and the achy feeling was killing me. my mother had the vein stripping done, she has a scar from her crotch to her ankle. large and rather nasty.
      i had the closure, they took a small catheter and made an incision in the bikini line. they put the catheter down the vein and the end heated up, the vein closed like cauterizing a burn. then they injected the bulgy veins with something and they just disappeared.

      my leg was a mess for a while and it looked like someone shoot me with buckshot because of the injections, but i highly recommend the procedure. after i healed up all has been well. no one even knows i had varicose veins.
      ask your doctor and see if you are a good candidate for this. it worked for me

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the disadvantages of being a pharmacist?
    Because i had to choose a career for a project and it asked me what are some of its disadvantages and i believe there is no disadvantages for that career...do you know any?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, I can tell you many! My best friend is a pharmacist and the only positive thing I hear her say about it is the money and then every great once in awhile she will catch a potentially deadly mistake made by a dr on a prescription which obviously makes her and the patient feel great. But there are MANY negatives:
      -you stand. All day, everyday. Doesn't sound like much, but just try it one of these days. She is only 32 and already has terrible spider and varicose veins. She is also currently pregnant and not only is this very hard for her to do, its also not good for her to do. Its too much on her body. She goes home everynight exhausted with her ankles swollen and sore.
      -It is not an easy job at all. They have to be on top of their game at all times. Holding people's lives in your hands such as giving them something as simple as just the wrong dose of a medicine can and does happen.
      -dealing with jerks! This is her biggest complaint everyday. You are probably like me and only use a pharmacy when you get sick or injured. And there are also plenty of people who do get monthly prescriptions that are no problem at all to deal with, but the ones she has the most problems with are the lazy, drug-addicted, welfare recipients. They call the pharmacy several times a day, come in all the time, get massive amounts of narcotic pain pills, anti-anxiety meds like xanax, and then usually they are on several other meds. She says a person that has private insurance would pay anywhere from 0-0/month on what these people get and they constantly gripe about having to pay a dollar co-pay. Then they won't even pay that! They always tell them to "charge-it", they'll pay next month. Of course, next month rolls around, they don't pay, and after not paying for $.50 or co-pays on each med every month, for several months, these people will charge up a 0 bill at the pharmacy and then they will just move on to another pharmacy where they will do the same thing over and over again. These people constantly are calling to see when medicaid will pay for them to get a refill, usually wanting it 2 weeks into the month, and there are always excuses that somebody stole all their pain meds and they have to get a new refill!
      -People want them to do the dirty work: i've seen this on several questions here on yahoo answers. Someone will say my dr won't refill my pain meds, what can I do? And people will answer: call your pharmacist and tell them to call your dr. This is not a pharmacist's job who went to college and earned a masters or doctorate degree to call and beg your dr for a refill when you couldn't get it yourself! Or she said it never fails late on Fridays, people will call them about running out of an important medicine, like a heart medication and say, oh I don't have any refills and I'll be out tonight and I may die if I have to wait til Monday to see my dr! Pharmacists did not go to college to stay on the phone all day trying to get people prescriptions.

      I always thought that you go to a pharmacy after you've been to the dr and you get a prescription. Not so with many people, they want to skip the whole part of seeing the dr and just have the pharmacy call up and get whatever they want. I would think long and hard about becoming a pharmacist. My friend is close to having a nervous breakdown in her early 30s! Sometimes money isn't everything.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms that you start experiencing around 3-4 weeks of pregnancy?
    Omg I always ask this questions I KNOW. But answer this question.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      here you go. the answer to your problem:

      Read here what typical early pregnancy symptoms our BabyMed users had

      A
      Abdominal Achiness
      Abdominal Itchiness
      Appetite, Increased
      B
      Backache
      Backache, Postpartum
      Bloating
      Bloodshot Eyes, Postpartum
      Bloody Show / Mucous Plug
      Bowel Movements, Postpartum Discomfort
      Breast Engorgement, Postpartum
      Breasts Tenderness and Changes
      Breasts, Leaky (Colostrum)
      Breasts, Leaky (Postpartum)
      C
      Cervical Dilation
      Cervical Mucus Changes
      Chloasma/Mask of Pregnancy
      Clumsiness
      Constipation
      Contractions (Braxton-Hicks)
      Contractions, labor
      D
      Diarrhea (Prelabor)
      Diarrhea in Pregnancy
      E
      Edema (Swollen Ankles and Feet)
      Energy, Extra
      Exhaustion, Postpartum
      F
      Faintness, Dizziness, Light-headedness
      Fatigue
      Fecal Incontinence (Postpartum)
      Feet, Increased Size
      Flatulence
      Food Cravings and Aversions
      Forgetfulness
      G
      Gums, Bleeding
      H
      Hair Loss, Postpartum
      Headaches
      Heartburn or Indigestion
      Heightened Sense of Smell
      Hemorrhoids
      I
      Incision Pain, Postpartum
      Insomnia / Difficulty Sleeping
      L
      Leg Cramps
      Linea Nigra
      M
      Metallic Taste (Dysgeusia)
      Migraines
      N
      Nasal Congestion and Nosebleeds
      Nausea (Morning Sickness)
      Nipples, Sore or Cracked, Postpartum
      P
      Pelvic Discomfort and Pressure
      Pelvic Girdle Pain
      Perineal Soreness, Postpartum
      Protruding Navel
      R
      Restless Leg Syndrome
      Rupture of Membranes
      S
      Saliva, Excessive
      Sciatica
      Shortness of Breath
      Skin Changes
      Skin Discolorations
      Snoring
      Soreness, Postpartum
      Stretch Marks
      Sweating (Postpartum)
      Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction
      T
      Tingling Hands (Carpal Tunnel)
      U
      Urinary Incontinence
      Urinary Incontinence (Postpartum)
      Urination, Difficulties With (Postpartum)
      Urination, Frequent
      V
      Vaginal Bleeding (Postpartum)
      Vaginal Discharge
      Vaginal Spotting or Bleeding
      Varicose Veins
      Veins, Visible
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  38. QUESTION:
    Can someone please tell me what causes varicose eczema?
    Has anyone ever got rid of it or does a person have it for life. My husband is suffering really badly with it, and even anti-histamine doesn't work that well. He has various creams from the doc.
    I really can't understand why he has got this complaint, as he never sits down hardly. His job keeps him running about on his feet all the time, and when he was younger, and he is not yet 40, he used to be a cross country runner.
    km_foo1977.....Varicose eczema is not the same as ordinary eczema.

    • ANSWER:
      Varicose, now often called stasis eczema, is I agree usually more common in mare elderly and inactive patients. It is thought to be due to vein leakage leaving waste material in the tissues. This causes the skin to itch and break down, usually in the lower leg and ankle areas.

      The problem is under the skin, which is why topical preparations are not as useful as in other types of eczema. Antihistamines don't affect the condition at all, but may reduce the itch.

      The condition can progress to ulceration, and if the vessel leak allows red cells to escape the leg can become 'rusty'.

      Classical treatments involve compression and elevation, unfortunately this is often not all that successful.

  39. QUESTION:
    What advice would you give to some who is Pregnant?
    I thought it would be nice to make a list here of hints and tips for pregnancy. Things that you have learnt and wish someone had told you.

    • ANSWER:
      have some YOU time everyday.....dont cross your legs or ankles this causes varicose veins.....do not eat for two this is a myth eat for one and a half.....Morning Sickness.......the best cure i ever found (luckily with first pregnancy) extra strong mints suck one before you get up in the morning (peppermint settles the tummy)
      Maternity clothes are over priced over rated and nice designs are too expensive.........just go up in clothes size as you blossom and you will have more choice and they will be comfortable for after the birth. As for lack of sleep in the final weeks put a pillow under your bump and sleep in the recovery position. Walk as much as you can in the weeks leading up to the birth gravity is a great assistant even if you do waddle a little :) start your pelvic excesses now the stronger the muscle the better the pushing :)

      Good Luck with Baby !

  40. QUESTION:
    How does the body change during pregnancy?
    What changes occur in the appearance of the woman? And where does the weight normally go to? Do some women only gain in their belly area? I would think that a woman who is in good shape and continues to eat right during pregnancy would only get a belly, and not much more fat. Is this correct? I'm worrying about the shape of my body being different after baby because somebody told me, you can lose the weight but never get your shape back because it's different after the baby. Is this always true?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy is a natural state and one that is different for every woman every time. I have had three pregnancies and deliveries and they were all different. You never know exactly what you¡¦re going to get, but it does help to be prepared by knowing what changes your body will likely go through. Follow the changes your body goes through trimester by trimester. You can expect to feel all or some of them.

      The first trimester (Week 1 - Week 12)

      „h Cessation of menstrual period

      „h Morning sickness that occurs at any time, day or night, or all day and night. This includes nausea and/or vomiting

      „h Excessive saliva

      „h Swollen and tender breasts

      „h Darkening of the areola

      „h Frequent urination

      „h Fatigue

      „h Constipation

      „h Heartburn

      „h Mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason

      „h Stuffy nose and allergies¡Xeven if you have never suffered from them before

      „h Food cravings

      The second trimester (Week 13 - Week 26)

      „h Weight gain and thickening of the waist

      „h Fetal movement

      „h Dry skin on stomach where the skin is stretching

      „h Breasts increase in size¡Xtime for new bras

      „h Hemorrhoids

      „h Heartburn

      „h Indigestion

      „h Constipation

      „h Nosebleeds

      „h Slight swelling of the feet, hands, ankles and face

      „h Development of a dark line on the skin between your navel and your pubic area.

      „h Development of a "mask" or darker area on your face

      „h Backaches that can remain throughout pregnancy

      „h Nipple secretions

      „h Muscle cramps, particularly in the legs and at night

      „h Gas pains

      „h Changes in your hair: it can become less oily

      „h Skin problems

      The third trimester (Week 27 - 40)

      „h Increased fetal movement

      „h Protrusion of navel

      „h Increased backaches

      „h Shortness of breath

      „h Braxton Hicks contractions AKA false labor

      „h Groin pains

      „h Stretch marks

      „h Difficulty sleeping

      „h Varicose veins

      Your entire system is readjusted when you¡¦re pregnant. The heart pumps more blood and the lungs work more efficiently, as does the digestive system. With these and more changes occurring, it is no wonder that pregnancy can be uncomfortable. Minor aches and pains can be dealt with; however, you should never ignore pain or extreme fatigue, which can be warning signs of trouble. Always consult your health care provider if you experience any of these changes:

      „h pain or burning during urination

      „h vaginal spotting or bleeding

      „h leaking or gushing from vagina

      „h blister or sore in vaginal area

      „h uterine contractions

      „h severe nausea or vomiting

      „h severe abdominal pain

      „h chills and fever over 100 degrees

      „h dizziness or lightheadedness

      „h severe headache

      „h swelling of the face, eyes, fingers or toes

      „h sudden weight gain

      „h visual problems

      „h noticeably reduced fetal movement

      „h absence of fetal movement for 24 hours

      „h a hot, reddened painful area behind your knee or calf

      And just when you think you can¡¦t take it another day¡Xta da! ¡Xthe biggest changes of all: labor and delivery!

  41. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of varicose veins?
    i used to be fat and i have varicose veins from it. How can i get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Veins— (Vericose)—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x, NM 3x and S 12x; failing which 1 pill of Zinc Met 30 be also given twice daily.
      2. Veins— enlargement of blood vessel or other disease of Mixture of CF 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x and MP 3x.
      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      2. Prevention * & Cure* of any Disease/Syndrome/Disorder:---
      In any ailment [acute as well as chronic] and emergencies, Acupressure techniques come to Ur rescue, not only for instant diagnosis, but also for giving some prevention of any disease[s] and perceivable relief/cure.
      Acupressure techniques--- Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels.
      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      If the particular point is tender on pressure by Ur thumb, U can note that that particular organ[s] is/are affected. U can indulge in instant diagnosis of any disease and or the affected organ[s].
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Dorsal side of Palms & soles to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc., :

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      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol.I & II available in all Indian Languages all over the globe---by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  42. QUESTION:
    is there any ayurvedic medicine available for varicose?
    My son aged 27 years has the varicose problem.He occasionally gets headache and the blood carrying veins in the legs below the thighs are slightly thick .It may be paining but he never reveals. I wish to get him treated in your esteemed vaidyasala in case you recommend us to do so. PLEASE ADVISE.

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes its better to go to a doctor for a safe treatment,,,because i dont know what "vaidyasala" means,,,but i know some traditional treatment and professional treatments,,,,

      The wearing of graduated compression stockings with a pressure of 30–40 mmHg has been shown to correct the swelling, nutritional exchange, and improve the microcirculation in legs affected by varicose veins.They also often provide relief from the discomfort associated with this disease. Caution should be exercised in their use in patients with concurrent arterial disease.

      Sclerotherapy has been used in the treatment of varicose veins for over 150 years. It is often used for telangiectasias (spider veins) and varicose veins that persist or recur after vein stripping Sclerotherapy can also be performed using microfoam sclerosants under ultrasound guidance to treat larger varicose veins, including the greater and short saphenous veins.A study by Kanter and Thibault in 1996 reported a 76% success rate at 24 months in treating saphenofemoral junction and great saphenous vein incompetence with STS 3% solution.A Cochrane Collaboration review concluded sclerotherapy was better than surgery in the short term (1 year) for its treatment success, complication rate and cost, but surgery was better after 5 years, although the research is weak. A Health Technology Assessment found that sclerotherapy provided less benefit than surgery, but is likely to provide a small benefit in varicose veins without reflux. Complications of sclerotherapy are rare but can include blood clots and ulceration. Anaphylactic reactions are "extraordinarily rare but can be life-threatening," and doctors should have resuscitation equipment ready. There has been 1 reported case of stroke after ultrasound guided sclerotherapy when an unusually large dose of sclerosant foam was injected.

      Some doctors favor traditional open surgery, while others prefer newer methods. Newer methods for treating varicose veins, such as Endovenous Laser Treatment, radiofrequency ablation, and foam sclerotherapy are not as well studied, especially in the longer term.Open surgery has been performed for over a century. Complications include deep vein thrombosis (5.3%), pulmonary embolism (0.06%), and wound complications including infection (2.2%).

      Two prospective randomized trials found speedier recovery and fewer complications after radiofrequency obliteration (AKA radiofrequency ablation).. Myers wrote that open surgery for small saphenous vein reflux is obsolete. (The great saphenous vein is the vein that runs along the inside of the leg from ankle to groin; the small saphenous vein is the vein that runs along the back of the calf.) Myers said these veins should be treated with endovenous techniques, citing high recurrence rates after surgical management, and risk of nerve damage up to 15%. In comparison, radiofrequency ablation has been shown to control 80% of cases of small saphenous vein reflux at 4 years, said Myers.

      Endovenous laser and radiofrequency ablation require specialized training for doctors and expensive equipment. Doctors must use ultrasound during the procedure to see what they are doing. Follow-up treatment to smaller branch varicose veins is often needed in the weeks after the initial procedure. Some practitioners also perform traditional surgery at the time of endovenous treatment.

      Complications for radiofrequency ablation include bruising, burns, paraesthesia, clinical phlebitis, and slightly higher rates of deep vein thrombosis (0.57%) and pulmonary embolism (0.17%). Complications for endovenous laser treatment also include bruising (24%-100%), burns (4.8%), paraesthesia (1%-36.5%), and induration along the length of the saphenous vein (55-100%).

      Another concern in varicose vein surgery is the recurrence rate. For traditional surgery, reported recurrence rates, which have been tracked for 10 years, range from 5-60%. Because the new treatments haven't been studied that long, their recurrence rates aren't known that well. One 3-year study compared radiofrequency, with a recurrence rate of 33%, to open surgery, which had a recurrence rate of 23%. The longest study of endovenous laser ablation is 39 months.

  43. QUESTION:
    anyone else have problems with varicose veins during first pregnancy?
    im expecting my 1st lil boy in october and i have really bad varicose veins on my legs and thighs. will they go away. and sometimes i feel cramping on my legs is this normal

    • ANSWER:
      hey hun i just had my 7th baby and it was the only pregnancy i got varicose veins with all around my ankle and on side of calf , bub is only 2weeks and these veins look great there just about all gone now thank goodness cause they looked horrible

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I keep the edema in my legs, ankles and feet under control?
    Please only answer if your willing to help and not joke.Medicaly knowledgeable persons help!This edema hurts and is a real nuisance. It prevents me from working! I have been tested for heart problems and every other problem that could be causing it, and none doc says. I'm peri-menopausel and have noticed it's getting worse the further I travel in my menopause years.Im looking for a good remedy for this and one with no caffeine.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if u have a heart-problem then a very radical measure to control ur edema could actually damage ur heart further, since whenever the edema fluid disappears, it enters the veins & then enters the heart, which puts further burden upon it.

      Otherwise if ur not suffering, U could try keeping the legs raised at night (but which might make u feel breathless if u have a heart problem), or wearing tight stockings.

      During the day, if ur job involves standing at one place, don't do that; keep strolling around. Or alternatively, stand on ur toes for some time (this would make the calf muscles contract and push the blood into the veins, which would prevent pooling of blood in ur feet--the actual cause of edema). Also, make sure u do not have any varicose veins.

      If u feel cold, depressed, lethargic, not hungry, and have gained weight in recent times, u could be suffering from hypothyroidism.

      Hope this helps. Bye. TC.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it unhealthy to cross your ankles? How about your legs? Also ?
    how about when you sit with on leg tucked under the other leg, with the tucked leg's knee pointing ahead?

    • ANSWER:
      crossing legs, ankles and sitting on your legs applies presure to that part of the leg for a prolonged periods of time is not good for the circulation. also applying pressure to bent joints can cause stiffness and subtle misalignment.

      so in short we have crunching joints, varicose veins and increased chances of thrombosis.....not good

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the name of the American novel with the main character that has vericose veins?
    The government is constantly changing the news...? Any bells?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not an American novel; it is an English one. The book you are thinking of is Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell. The main character is Winston Smith, and he has a varicose ulcer above his right ankle.

  47. QUESTION:
    Does sitting with your ankle on your knee give you bad knees?
    Im 20 years old and my knees kill me, however if i dont sit like that i get real edgy and stressed.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm the same way !! I have sat on my ankles all my life ...but trust me ...try to stop !! I'm 33, and now my knees and ankles are shot ....and it affects the circulation in your legs, so you can get varicose veins and swelling.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can someone please still answer my bruise question?
    I had asked a question about a friend's bruise that was on his leg. He never hit his leg or his head. He isn't in any pain. He can't find any spider bites or other types of bites on his leg. But, there is still a huge web like bruise that goes from his ankle to his calf. He doesn't know what it is and neither do I. It doesn't hurt as he didn't bang his leg. Please help me with this!

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be varicose veins? I have varicose veins on the inner part of my leg by my knee. It looks like a bruise though. Its not bulgy, like most varicose veins, it just looks bruised.

  49. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had varicose vain swelling in their vulva whilst pregnant?
    If you have, how did you treat it, and did it affect how you gave birth?
    Vein, sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      hey hun,

      yeah i did but it went.it wasnt so serious. it used to be really swollen down there. i personally drank lots and lots of water and then they eventually went. here are some tips on getting rid of varicose veins in general:

      What to do about varicose veins:

      -Keep the blood circulating. Get off your feet whenever you can, and keep your legs elevated when sitting. When standing, put one foot on a low stool and alternate legs. Flex your ankles every so often, and break the habit of sitting with your legs crossed (this strategy will also help keep spider veins at bay).
      -Take a walk (or even better still, several walks) each day, or do some other form of low-key, circulation-increasing exercises.
      -Make sure you wear clothes — including underwear — that fit well and don't bind, especially around the tops of your legs. Don't wear tight belts or socks with tight elastic tops, and stay away from tight-fitting shoes and stiletto heels (as if you could balance in them anyway).
      -One kind of tight that's helpful though: support hose, which can counteract the downward pressure of your belly and give the veins in your legs a little extra upward push. Put them on before you get out of bed in the morning to prevent the blood from pooling. (Okay, not your sexiest pregnancy moment!)
      -Keep your weight gain down to what your practitioner recommends. -Extra poundage only increases the demands on your already overworked circulatory system.
      -Sleep on your left side to avoid pressure on your main blood vessels, and keep circulation going strong.
      -Don't strain. Heavy lifting or straining on the toilet can add to vein visibility.
      -Get your daily dose of vitamin C from your balanced diet, which keeps veins healthy.
      -If the veins don't go away after the baby has arrived, you can think about having them medically treated or surgically removed then — but not during pregnancy.

      all the best hun xxx

  50. QUESTION:
    My legs are aching is it from sitting to long?
    I just got home and I was sitting maybe for an hour and my legs ache, I mean my knees especially but I don't know why they would hurt because I have sat a long time before. So why would they be aching ?

    • ANSWER:
      Tired, aching legs due to long periods of standing or sitting may be caused by poor circulation in the legs. When the blood is pumped around the body, it is returned to the heart through the veins. As the heart is at a higher position in the body than the legs, blood in the legs has to be pumped against gravity in order to reach the heart. The contraction of the muscles in the legs when moving around acts as a pump, squeezing the veins and pushing the blood upwards. As the blood moves further and further upwards with each contraction of the leg muscles, it is prevented from falling back down again when the muscles relax by small one-way valves in the veins.

      During long periods of inactivity, for example when standing or sitting in the same position for a long time, the leg muscles do not contract sufficiently hard enough or frequently enough to force the blood upwards. As a result, blood gathers in the leg veins restricting it from draining from the tissues of the leg. This can cause a feeling of heaviness or tension in the legs, making them ache and feel tired.

      If this condition is allowed to continue untreated, eventually the small valves in the veins of the legs stop working properly, leading to swollen ankles, varicose veins and possibly deep vein thrombosis.

      Things, other than sitting or standing still for long periods, that can cause poor circulation in the legs and trigger leg discomfort include:
      Being pregnant, being overweight, wearing tight clothing or crossing the legs can each restrict the blood flow in the legs
      Excessive heat, humidity or alcohol consumption can cause the veins to enlarge and blood to pool in the legs
      Wearing high heels or shoes with rigid soles can stop the leg muscle pump working properly
      Smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, having a high cholesterol level or high blood pressure damages the veins
      Having parents or close relatives who have aching legs can increase the chances of getting aching legs, which may indicate a genetic link


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