Before we buy a pair of shoes, we consider many different factors — comfort, style, purpose, etc. — but did you know the shoes you wear can make a difference in the prevention and progression of varicose veins?
Shoes that are too tight or restrictive can cause poor circulation in your legs and feet, leading to the development and appearance of varicose veins. Not only can ill-fitting shoes harm your blood flow, but they can also cause pain, blisters and bunions. Take time to research which shoes will work best for you so you can live pain-free with healthy legs.
Arch support goes a long way toward healthy feet and legs. A shoe with adequate arch support helps distribute pressure throughout your foot, lessens foot pain, provides balance and stability and improves posture.
Shoe insoles provide extra cushion and will assist your arch when it flexes, alleviating pressure and stress on your legs. Insoles are an easy way to increase the level of support your shoes provide.
Shoes that look good may not always feel good. When trying on new shoes, take time to walk around in them to test how comfortable they are and if they move with your feet. Shoes like heels, wedges and men’s dress shoes can be uncomfortable and not move with your feet, thus leading to sore feet and poor circulation.
Flat or low heel.
Ironically often called “pumps,” high heeled shoes can impede muscle pump function and raise venous pressure in the lower legs. High heels interfere with the natural walking process and can cause blood to pool in the leg, while low heels tone and strengthen calf muscles, which can improve blood flow back up through your legs. If you have to wear high heels, try to limit it to short periods of time and pack a change of flats or low-heeled shoes.
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