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Will high heel shoes make me prone to varicose veins?

Updated: Jun 15, 2018

Women love how high heels make them feel taller and more beautiful and the way their legs look when they are in heels. While high heels may help you feel and look more beautiful, they may not be good for your vein health. 

It’s too bad they aren’t healthy for your legs. That’s because high heels tend to reduce the action of leg muscles, which help move blood back to the heart. As a result, blood pressure increases in your lower leg. The higher the heels, the more they negatively affect the venous blood flow. Also, high heels affect the stability of your stance.

Varicose vein disease is very common. Though it is more common than heart and arterial (PAD) disease combined, it is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many of these patients and their physicians are unaware they have a problem. That may be because the symptoms of vein disease are vague: heaviness, aching, swelling, tiredness, burning, stinging, and leg cramps. Some of the visible signs are obvious: unsightly spider veins, bulging varicose veins, and blood clots. Others are less so, such as leg swelling, skin changes, and ulcers.

Since vein problems get worse over time, it is important to engage in a healthy lifestyle and see a phlebologist if you have any of the signs or symptoms of vein disease.

We recommend the following principles for healthier veins :

1. Regular exercise and healthy lifestyle

2. Weight management

3. Leg elevation while sitting

4. Wearing graduated compression stockings

5. Wearing high heels only on special occasions, keeping the frequency and time as low as possible

6. Limit the height of high heels

7. Always do some heel and calf exercises when sitting or standing

See a Vein specialist if you have signs or symptoms of vein disease- call 8169101026 to see Dr Ashish Sarode, Vein specialist in Mumbai, Thane.

Shoes aren’t the only consideration when you are trying to avoid varicose veins.

Call VeinINDIA at  8169101026  or visit to learn how you can enjoy Healthy Veins for Life, or if you have more questions about high heels and varicose veins. Dr. Ashish Sarode is the founder and medical director of VeinINDIA, He is a diplomat of the National Board of examinations, and a trained Vascular and Interventional Radiologist performing endovascular procedures.


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