If you find that you are sitting or standing for long periods of time, rotate your ankles and feet whenever possible, walk for at least 10 minutes every hour, and point and flex your toes to promote leg vein circulation. Also, avoid crossing your legs, which constricts veins and increases venous pressure, and raise your feet six to 12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation.
The last thing women can do to support the circulatory system is monitor hormone intake. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy constrict blood vessels and can weaken vein valves and vein walls.
Luis Navarro, M.D., FACS, FACPh, is the founder and medical director of The Vein Treatment Center in Manhattan. Dr. received certification from the American Board Phlebology in 2009 when the treatment of veins officially became an AMA recognized specialty. Dr. Navarro is a Diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Phlebology, International Union of Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology, American Society of Laser Medicine, and numerous other venous-related societies.