Are you worried that your legs will be discolored with spider veins? Do other family members have spider veins? Is it possible to prevent spider veins? Despite what you may have heard, there are ways to try to prevent the pain and embarrassment of spider veins. Many ways are easily performed without any special referrals or equipment.
How to Prevent Spider Veins?
Here are some of the main ways to help prevent these unsightly veins:
- Weight loss is an important factor, particularly if you are overweight or obese. Excess weight on our bodies places our veins under more stress and pressure, leading to spider veins. Pay attention to your diet and try starting an exercise program to lose or maintain your weight.
- Exercise is important, even for those who do not need to lose weight. Besides maintaining your weight, exercise serves to contract the muscles, squeezing the blood out of the veins in the legs.
- Elevation is something that can be performed every night by ensuring the legs are above the level of the heart. This allows the blood to move out of the veins in the leg using gravity.
- Choosing your attire for work is no longer just about the appearance of the clothing and shoes, but about prevention of spider veins. Clothing that is too tight can reduce appropriate circulation in the legs, this includes clothes that are too small and even place pressure on the abdomen. Avoid high heel shoes since this reduces the muscle contraction in the calf while walking.
- Moving throughout the day can also play a role in reducing or preventing spider veins. For those that work at jobs that require constant standing or sitting, try to vary your position, perform calf raises, foot pumps, or walk around at least twice an hour.
But what if you already have spider veins? Using the above methods may help to prevent further spider veins, but there may be options available to treat your already existing spider veins. Speak with your doctor to learn about your treatment options and if they are right for you.
Talk to a Vein Specialist
Speak with Dr. Julian Javier, a board certified interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist in Naples, Florida. He will discuss your medical history, perform a thorough exam, and determine if you are experiencing spider veins and discuss further options on how to prevent spider veins. He will also explain what treatment options are available and right for you to help you get rid of them.