Avoid long periods of sitting or standing if you have varicose veins

Sitting or standing still for long periods of time puts added stress on the veins in your legs.

  • If you stand when working, try to sit down for a few minutes regularly (with your feet up). Some people use a small stool to prop up first one foot, then the other when standing at work.
  • Move around after sitting for a long time. If you have a desk job, get up and walk around for a minute every hour to let your legs pump blood back to your heart.
  • Stop for a brief walk every 30 to 45 minutes during long car trips.
  • During a long plane trip, get up and walk up and down the aisle every 30 to 45 minutes.

Last Updated: February 5, 2010

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