varicose veins and Coronavirus

Varicose Veins: The Hidden Cost of Lockdown?

At the start of the year, nobody could have predicted that just three months in, we’d be facing a global pandemic. For the first time in our lifetime, we were forced into lockdown. Not only has the lockdown caused significant financial difficulties, but it’s also impacted our health too.

With non-essential treatments being halted, it has caused a lot of pain and misery for patients. This is especially true for those dealing with varicose veins. Not only that, but the lockdown has also increased the risk of developing the condition.

Here, we’ll look at why varicose veins are one of the hidden costs of lockdown and what you can do to ease them.

Why are varicose vein cases increasing in lockdown?

The main reason varicose veins are becoming more prominent during lockdown is mostly down to inactivity. Not only does sitting still for long periods increase the risk of developing varicose veins, but it also exasperates the condition in those who already have it.

The legs need regular circulation to remain healthy. If you’ve suddenly become more sedentary, it’s going to increase the pressure on the veins and reduce circulation. Another factor is that patients can’t seek treatment during a lockdown. So, the condition is left to worsen over time.

How can you ease symptoms?

If you are suffering from varicose vein symptoms, there are some things you can try to ease them. Until you can seek proper treatment, the following steps may help to reduce the symptoms:

  • Keeping the legs working
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Keep the feet elevated
  • Moisturise daily

It’s important to move around as much as you can during the day. Keep yourself busy with housework, gardening or by exercising outdoors. Wearing compression stockings can also help to maintain good circulation when you are sitting or standing for long periods.

You’ll also want to keep the legs elevated when you’re still. Ideally, keep them above hip level if you can. Then, finally, moisturising daily can also help to keep the legs in good condition. It retains elasticity and supports the cells walls, reducing the symptoms.

Our treatment facilities are currently due to reopen sometime in July. In the meantime, we have established a telemedicine clinic which enables Cornwall Vein Clinic to carry out your out-patient consultation by secure video link.

This means that you can have your varicose veins assessed without attending a hospital clinic so that you are in a position to have your treatment as soon as facilities are available. For more information, call 01872 308520 or email