Can You Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins?

coverImagev2Article Featured in Healthy Cells Magazine – December 2013

About 50–55 percent of women and 40–45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem.

Vein disease is a chronic condition that only gets worse with time and is primarily caused by hereditary factors. The unsightly veins, however, can appear due to prolonged standing, trauma to the leg, and pregnancy. When veins become diseased, they no longer work efficiently to bring blood from the legs, back to the heart.

Some of the symptoms of vein disease are leg cramps, burning, itching, heaviness, leg swelling, restless leg syndrome, skin ulcerations, and discoloration.

It’s not possible to stop the progression of varicose and spider veins but these helpful tips may reduce your symptoms.

  • Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible.
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time. If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings and avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin, or legs.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.

You should see a doctor if you’re having leg pain, even if it’s just a dull ache or any of the symptoms listed above. State-of-the-art correc- tive treatments to eliminate varicose veins include endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and sclerotherapy or ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. With these procedures, there is minimal downtime and no sedation so patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately.

For more information about vein disease and leg pain, please contact The VEIN Specialists at 309-862-4000 or click here to Contact Us.