A large fraction of patients presenting to our vein clinic is motivated to find treatment for spider veins. Treatment options include sclerotherapy, light therapy, and laser vein removal. However, there are some things you can also do to reduce your risk of seeing new spider veins.
Our vein doctors have put together this list to help our patients and readers with DIY tips for how to prevent spider veins.
Running and walking is very good for your circulation and this includes your veins. By exercise, the veins and surrounding muscles are strengthened which prevents pooling of blood and damage to the valves within your veins. Venous insufficiency occurs once the veins become sufficiently dilated and the valves can no longer prevent blood from falling backward (or refluxing). Spider veins subsequently form on the skin as the pressure builds from pooled blood.
Avoid Prolonged Standing Or Sitting
Exercising is one thing, but standing or sitting in one position for extended periods of time promotes the pooling of blood in the legs. This again can result in damage to your veins and cause spider veins. Dr. Brotman recommends making a conscious effort to take regular breaks from sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time, by simply walking around the house or office. If you cannot do that, then simply shift your weight and avoid crossing your legs to prevent blood stagnation.
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Many patients struggle with their weight despite efforts to increase exercise and monitor diet. Weight increases the stress on your veins especially when we are on our feet all day. Supervised weight loss programs are more likely to be successful and have been clinically proven to improve health outcomes.
Minimize High-heel Shoes
High-heels have been demonstrated to increase venous pressure and manifestations of vein disease. The issue is likely due to the decreased movement of calf muscles while wearing high heels that leads to blood pooling and vein remodeling. The best bet is to leave the high-heels for important events and meetings, but try to wear more comfortable shoes during daily activities.
Elevate Your Legs
Take advantage of gravity and decrease some of the stress that builds on your veins daily from always being on our feet. This is just a matter of awareness to elevate your legs when you are at home or in the office to improve blood return back to the heart.
If you are seeking spider vein treatment
Most readers are probably wondering also what do I about the spider veins that are already present? There are many places to consider, however, our vein doctors recommend seeking out only qualified vein specialists with a background in vascular medicine and ultrasonography. Vein disease requires the attention of board-certified physicians to consider and treat underlying conditions that cause spider veins. If you experience leg heaviness, swelling, restless leg syndrome, or leg pain, it is highly recommended that you have a consultation with a vascular specialist.