If you have spider veins, you’re not alone: they’re a very common condition, especially among women who are or have been pregnant or are over the age of 50. Just because they’re common, however, doesn’t mean they can’t be treated! In our Texas Endovascular practice, we offer several different treatment plans for your spider or varicose veins, all of them being minimally invasive and performed as outpatient procedures! And, while you’re discussing with your doctor what treatment option is best for you, here are 8 tips to follow that can keep your condition from getting worse!
Hacks to Help with Spider Veins
- Stay Active! Regular exercise can improve blood circulation in your legs, while also lowering your blood pressure (another factor that could improve varicose veins.) Not sure where to start? Check out our weekly Move it Monday blog posts for exercise inspiration!
- Rock Your Socks! Tight (compression) socks or stockings apply pressure to your lower legs, potentially helping to improve blood flow to the area.
- But…Skip the Stilettos. High heels keep your calf muscles engaged, reducing the amount of blood that flows into the veins of your foot and calf. It also reduces the amount of force going to push blood into those veins, meaning blood can begin to pool and form new or worsen existing spider veins.
- Skip the Salt, too. Salty foods can cause your body to retain water and swell up; while you’re swelling, those bulging varicose veins may worsen.
- Up Your Fiber Intake. Fiber is good for your heart health, and improved heart health equals better blood flow throughout the body.
- Embrace Massage. Gently massaging your legs can help stimulate blood flow to the area, but don’t apply direct pressure to bulging veins as the delicate tissue may be damaged.
- Take a Stand. Sitting for extended periods of time, whether at home, at work, or on a plane, allows blood to pool in your legs. Take frequent walking breaks to avoid this issue.
- Drop a Few: Extra pounds on your frame puts extra pressure on your legs, so maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the appearance of spider veins!
Sources: mayoclinic.org, medicalnewstoday.com