Social distancing is a part of life right now, and it’s hard for everyone. We applaud all the healthcare and essential workers who are doing their best to help keep everyone safe right now. While we are all doing our part to flatten the curve, we may be dealing with some uncomfortable realities right now. One aspect that may be hard for our patients is the inability to seek treatment for vein issues right now because of travel restrictions or isolation recommendations. We want our patients to know that we are here for you and will do our best to make sure that you get the treatment you need.
If you are unable to seek treatment right now, there are some ways you can mitigate the discomfort and pain of lower extremity venous issues. Here are our five suggestions for how you can take care of your veins while social distancing.
- Wear compression stockings. Compression stockings are your first line of defense while you are awaiting vein treatment. They will help to improve your circulation, reduce pain and discomfort, and help prevent future blockages.
- Stretch daily. Stretching is a great way to increase your blood flow and circulation. A simple daily routine will help to keep blood flowing properly. You could even try a yoga or Pilates routine that incorporates gentle stretches to build up your strength at the same time!
- Go for a walk. There’s not much else we can do in public, so why not go for a walk? Walking and running are great ways to exercise your legs. Make sure to follow social distancing guidelines and regulations to stay safe.
- Eat healthy. It’s easy during this time of quarantine to slip into some bad eating habits, and that’s okay. Just make sure to add some healthy alternatives in as well, especially plant-based options.
- Relax. Everyone is feeling more stressed these days, and that can affect your health, especially your circulation. Take time to practice self-care, relax, and go easy on yourself. These are unprecedented times, and it’s hard for everyone. Give yourself a break if you need it.
We are still open and hope that soon, all of our patients will be able to make appointments whenever it is convenient. If you are unable to seek treatment for your vein issues right now, do what you can to keep yourself and your veins healthy. We will be here when you can come in for a consultation!