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There are many steps you can take to keep the varicose veins you have from getting worse and slow new ones from forming. Avoid prolonged standing or sitting, for example, and avoid crossing your legs when you sit. Elevate your legs when sitting – especially if you can raise them above your heart – and try to lose weight if you are overweight. Tight clothing around your legs or waist can also make varicose veins worse. Finally, physical activity is also good for your veins, because it develops and strengthens leg muscles, which helps promote better blood circulation in your legs. Taking these simple steps every day can help you control varicose veins and have healthier legs.

Dr. David Spinosa
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Vascular specialist Dr. David Spinosa is internationally recognized as an expert in alternative contrast agents and the treatment of renal vascular disease and limb-threatening peripheral arterial disease. He joined Fairfax Radiology in 2004. Prior to joining FRC, Dr. Spinosa was an associate professor of radiology with the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System for eight years, and also directed UVA’s Radiology Core Laboratory for Research. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases including varicose veins, as well as peripheral vascular and renal vascular diseases, and uterine fibroid embolization.