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Varicose veins are veins that have become twisted and bent, and they are typically located right under the top of the skin. They are actually very common, as that almost half of people over the age of 50 have a few. Sometimes they become large and swollen, and most people do not like their appearance. Women, especially, go to great lengths to attempt to cover their problem areas, which is why getting rid of them is such a popular topic. Luckily, there are several ways to make them less noticeable, as well as surgical options. Let’s take a look at the most popular.

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1. Putting Your Feet Up

Something as simple as just putting your feet up and taking the weight off of them can help with varicose veins. As that varicose veins are usually caused by poor circulation, this is why elevating your feet can actually assist with the blood flow. When you have been walking or standing for a long time, make an effort to sit down and put your feet up, so as to increase the circulation through your legs and feet, as well as the rest of the body. Even something like grocery shopping can worsen varicose veins, so be sure to sit down and rest whenever given the opportunity.

2. Compression Socks

Compression socks or stockings can help reduce varicose veins through daily wear. These socks are made to tighten around the ankle, loosening a bit as they work their way up the leg. Wearing compression socks on a regular basis can help increase the circulation in the legs, which will then assist with pain, swelling and the worsening of the varicose veins. While these socks were once rather plain, they can now be purchased in all sorts of colors, patterns and designs, making them a little easier to mix with your individual sense of fashion and style.

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