Prevention of Varicose Veins

The condition of your veins can deteriorate over time, which can adversely affect your health and your quality of life.

In light of this, it is important to adopt certain helpful habits.

It is recommended that you move your legs frequently when sitting for an extended period. In fact, you should avoid prolonged sitting or standing. Occasionally elevating your legs using a stool or footrest is another good habit to adopt.

Finally, there are some measures that may help to prevent the onset of varicose veins:

  • Facilitate blood circulation by showering or bathing the legs with cold water, massaging them lightly and elevating them slightly when sleeping.
  • Take a cold shower or bath after a long day, especially when temperatures are high.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to heat, such as in spas or saunas.
  • Wear compression stockings, especially during pregnancy.
  • Avoid excessive weight gain by engaging in physical activity, such as power walking, swimming and cycling, on a regular basis.

In addition, be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that do not exert any pressure.

The characteristics of the venous problems that affect a large percentage of the population vary from one individual to another, depending on the condition of their veins and the level, extent and location of the varicose veins. Each individual’s condition is unique.


One of the methods for preventing or mitigating the formation of varicose veins is the use of support hose. In effect, graduated support hosiery delays the onset of varicose veins and varicosity, and relieves symptoms such as fatigue, heaviness and inflammation, by decreasing pressure within the leg’s superficial vein system. By applying greater pressure at the ankle, and decreasing the pressure toward the thigh, support hosiery enables the normal upward flow of venous blood. Support hosiery is available in varying levels of elasticity, lengths, colours and styles.