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5 Strategies to Relieve Your Varicose Vein Pain

5 Strategies to Relieve Your Varicose Vein Pain

Do your legs burn, ache, and/or swell after a long day? Many types of jobs, ranging from doctors and nurses to hairdressers, retail, and warehouse workers, require standing for much of the day. Standing or sitting for long periods can lead to painful varicose veins. 

Our board-certified radiologists with REDI Diagnostics Corp in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, treat many patients with varicose veins. We use minimally invasive techniques to eliminate the offending veins so your legs are no longer marred by long bands of unsightly purplish tissue that may cause your skin to bulge outward. 

Following are several home remedies that may help relieve the burning, aching pain that comes with varicose veins. If these remedies aren’t sufficient, we can whisk away those troublesome veins during your appointment at REDI Diagnostics Corp using minimally invasive techniques. 

Wear compression stockings 

Compression stockings can be found at your local drugstore. The extra pressure pushes blood toward your heart rather than letting it pool in your legs. Studies report positive results from patients wearing compression stockings. 


Exercise may seem counterintuitive when your legs feel achy, heavy, and tired. However, the lack of exercise has likely led to the blood pooling in your varicose veins. 

Exercise improves your blood circulation, helping move the blood through your body rather than allowing it to flow downward and remain in your legs. It also improves your blood pressure, which helps reduce the pressure in your veins. 

Try to develop a routine in which you benefit from some exercise daily. Walking, biking, yoga, and swimming are all great low-impact exercise choices. 

Take breaks to move your legs 

Whether you’re sedentary or standing for long periods, take frequent breaks to get your blood circulating. Lift each leg and do ankle circles and then point and flex each foot repeatedly. Do squats or kicks with your legs. Perform side-to-side stretches. Set an alarm to help you remember to take these movement breaks throughout your day. 

Elevate your legs when possible 

During breaks and when you’re not working, elevate your legs above your heart for at least 15 minutes at a time. This position improves your blood circulation and can reduce swelling and inflammation. 

Choose minimally invasive ablation techniques or sclerotherapy 

If home remedies don’t work for you and you’re tired of dealing with varicose veins, your REDI Diagnostics Corp radiologist uses either endovenous laser, radiofrequency ablation, or a sclerotherapy approach to eliminate your problematic varicose veins.

We review the pros and cons of each approach with you and recommend which is best for you depending on your vein size and other factors. 

Call REDI Diagnostics Corp or book an appointment online today if you’re ready to be free of pain caused by varicose veins.

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