- Avoid birth control pills
- Eat a high fiber diet which prevents constipation
- Don't wear tight fitting clothes
- Elevate your legs or the foot of your bed while asleep (about 6-12 inches above the heart)
- Explore natural alternatives, such as massage therapy and dietary supplements (Vitamins C and E may help relieve swelling and other symptoms of poor circulation)
- Avoid crossing your legs
- Wear compression stockings
- Taking over the counter pain relievers
Wearing compression stockings and taking over the counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatories is often the first approach people try before moving to more intensive treatment. Worn while you are up and moving about, compression stockings steadily squeeze and give support to the veins and muscles in your legs that work to move blood towards the heart. The amount of compression varies by the type and brand of stockings worn. Your insurance company may require a trial period of alternative treatment for at least 3 months and up to 6 months before authorizing and paying for more intensive treatment.
Some people think that compression stockings are still uncomfortable, hot, and unstylish but much has changed in the stocking industry and the focus is now on patient comfort.
Today, compression stockings come in a variety of strengths, styles, sizes, sheerness, and color. With such a large selection available you are likely to find some you are comfortable wearing.