Conservative Management

A number of treatment options are available that avoid procedural intervention and can be used to manage varicose vein cases that may benefit from simple lifestyle changes. Conservative varicose vein treatments can make your legs feel better, but they will not provide permanent relief.

Among the options:

  • Compression: Special stockings and other support wear can reduce pooling in the veins and provide support for stressed veins.
  • Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help to relieve pain. Often used in conjunction with compression. Despite advertisements, no medicines can really shrink or cure bad veins.
  • Elevation of legs: Periodic elevation of legs above the heart to reverse the gravitational pressure on the vein.
  • Avoidance of positions that worsen the condition, such as standing or sitting for long periods of time.
  • Regular exercise—even just walking helps the vein circulation and can sometimes, reduce symptoms.