Spider veins in the legs are a common occurrence and may increase in frequency with age. Spider veins get their name from web-like red or blue veins that appear on your legs and other parts of your body. They are similar to varicose veins but much smaller. Usually, they don’t cause medical problems, but when necessary, they can be removed for cosmetic or medical reasons with the right treatment.
There are several reasons spider veins occur even though doctors can’t say exactly why some people get them and some don’t. Along with the spidery appearance of the veins, there are other symptoms that can be experienced such as overall tiredness and heaviness or swelling in the legs.
There are several effective treatments for spider veins. One of the most effective involves the use of laser energy. Laser treatments use heat energy to target and damage or destroy the spider veins. These treatments have the advantage of not using chemical solutions or needles.
It may not be possible to prevent spider veins completely, but there are things that can be done to lower your risk, such as:
• Keep the blood flowing with exercise. Walking or running will increase blood circulation in the legs.
• Try to reduce the pressure on your legs by keeping your weight down. If you have to sit or stand for long periods get up and walk around every 30 minutes. Also avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
• Wear lightweight compression stockings that can be a big help if you have to be on your feet for long periods. Our specialist will look at your leg, measure them and make sure you get a proper fit.
• Prop up your feet higher than your heart several times throughout the day whenever possible.