What is the best footwear for varicose veins? This is a top question asked by many of my former and current clients. While the type of shoes that you wear does matter, most experts in this field feel that the wearing of high-quality compression stockings is more important to your overall health. A simple consultation visit can ensure that clients get the properly sized stockings, and learn the best ways to care for varicose veins. Everyone wears shoes, and some are better than others for people that have vein disease.
Many women like to wear high heels. This style of shoe is not recommended for people with varicose veins for a very practical reason. High heels tend to show off the calf portion of the leg; many women are drawn to heels for that very reason.
For some varicose vein patients, wearing high heels can call attention to any obvious lower leg and foot afflicted veins. This can result in undue embarrassment. Another reason to avoid heels is that they do not encourage the calf muscles to work. Read on for further details.
Generally, it is best to opt for a flatter shoe style. This shoe type encourages active calf muscle action. Flat shoes can also aid in the correct circulation of blood flow within the legs. With varicose veins, blood tends to pool in the lower extremities. Wearing flatter shoes helps push the blood back up into the upper legs. When deciding on shoes, pick a pair that will encourage more lower leg activity. The shoes should be comfortable. It is best to select a pair that utilizes graduated compression. Look for shoes that are a bit tighter in the foot and ankle area.
Wearing the right style of shoes can make your legs feel substantially better. Try on the shoes and walk around in them for a while, prior to purchasing. Go for the better brands, as they tend to have better support of the arches and ankle areas, which is advised. Some athletic shoe brands encourage patients to exercise, which is key to maintaining better blood flow throughout the feet, calves, and thighs. Some varicose vein patients also have flat or high arches. It is strongly advised that these individuals seek out a specialist that can recommend additional orthotic devices and treatment.
I run the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center located in Boca Raton, Florida. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that includes minimally invasive laser varicose vein treatment. Drop-in for treatment options. For varicose veins, the best footwear is what is most comfortable to make you want to be active.