Modern lifestyles, which are often sedentary, frequently compromise our ability to keep good muscle tone in the lower extremities. We all need regular exercise for maintaining good muscle tone in our legs.
The calf muscle pump utilizes the tone and contraction of the leg muscles to squeeze the veins and, by doing so, moves the blood up through the leg towards the heart. Although the muscles in the feet and thighs are important, research has demonstrated that the calf muscles are responsible for at least 85 percent of the total pumping action.
If the calf muscles do not pump properly, the blood will tend to accumulate down in the leg under increasing pressure augmenting the chances of developing varicose and spider veins.
What can we do to decrease this risk? We need to perform regular exercise for well-toned muscles, especially in the calves, so we facilitate the flow of blood towards the heart. That's why it is in our best interest to regularly take walks or any other physical activity. All different kinds of exercise are good to improve our vein health, and walking is definitely one of the best. no matter how busy you are, my recommendation is to make time into your schedule and pump your legs with a good walk!
Dr. Javier Alonso has treated vein problems for more than 20 years. He completed his board certification in general surgery at the University of Missouri, and his cardiothoracic board certification at the University of California - San Diego. He is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic medicine and he is also a Registered Phlebology Sonographer.
He has dedicated his life to improving blood flow to arteries and veins throughout the body. As a pioneer in treatment of venous insufficiency, Dr. Alonso uses minimally invasive techniques to treat varicose veins. he is passionate about helping patients feel better and overcome their symptoms. Getting rid of painful and unsightly varicose veins not only helps patients feel better, it ultimately improves their quality of life.
He is the founder of Texas Vein & Vascular and TW MediSpa. Dr. Alonso and the staff at Texas Vein & Vascular are here to provide expert treatment and care for vein disease at any stage.