This article first appeared in the December 15th edition of Mimi Vanderhaven Magazine
By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
If you’re getting together with loved ones this Christmas, try a new family tradition: a Christmas Day hike.
A long walk in the morning not only builds your appetite for the feast to come, it gives you a chance to spend quality time with family—to talk, to listen—without the distractions of televisions and cell phones.
Or, take your hike in the afternoon to walk off all of that ham and mashed potatoes. You’ll be surprised how much more energetic you’ll feel afterwards compared to falling asleep in front of the TV.
Of course, not everyone can walk long distances because they suffer with symptoms of venous disease, including varicose veins, leg pain and fatigue. And every Christmas I find myself thankful that my medical practice can help. Procedures have changed dramatically in the past decades. There is no hospital stay, no risk of infection and no ugly grandma stockings (Hey, I’m really thankful for that).
If it seems too cold to walk on Christmas Day, go ahead and do it anyway. As you start to move, your body will warm up fairly quickly.
And be sure to pay attention over the next couple of months when you’re out holiday shopping. If your legs are limiting you, take notice and call a vein specialist, especially if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Chronic leg pain
• Fatigue (don’t want to walk upstairs)
• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
• Leg cramps
• Blood clots
Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-710-1140. More information can be found at YourHealthyVeins.com.