Get a Leg Up on Varicose Veins

A number of things can cause those unsightly blue lines, but crossing your legs while sitting is not one of them—that’s just legend.  

If those visible blue lines crisscrossing your skin make you feel self-conscious about wearing shorts and skirts, or they’re painful, it’s time to get informed and take action. 

In most cases varicose veins aren’t dangerous, but sometimes they can be a (very visible) sign of more serious vascular health issues. And in rare cases, varicose veins can lead to complications such as blood clots, bleeding, or ulcers.” say Dr. David Feuer of Parkview Vascular and Vein Center. 

At Parkview Medical Center, we offer a number of outpatient treatment options to treat varicose veins that may be right for you.  

Fine Lines

For starters, all leg lines are not created equal. Spider veins are small and narrow (think of a spider’s legs) and can be seen under the skin, but they’re not bumpy and don’t protrude. They are generally harmless. 

“Almost all—99 percent—of spider veins are only a cosmetic issue,” says Dr. Feuer. 

Varicose veins, on the other hand, are thicker and bulge out because they’re formed when a vein has blood pooling in one area.  

Disappearing Acts

To help prevent spider or varicose veins and ease any discomfort, start by lacing up your walking shoes. Working out gets the blood moving, and moving blood is good for your veins. It doesn’t have to be a hard-core workout: Anything that boosts the circulation is good, such as swimming or walking.  

For spider veins and smaller varicose veins, lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and weight loss can be helpful, in addition to exercise.  

If you want to take a more proactive stance, your doctor will likely begin with compression stockings. These elastic undergarments constrict the legs so the blood doesn’t flow backwards. Research is mixed on whether compression stockings definitively aid vascular issues, but they do reduce foot and ankle swelling and can therefore relieve discomfort.

What Causes Varicose Veins 

A number of things can cause those unsightly blue lines, but crossing your legs while sitting is not one of them—that’s just legend.  

Genetics plays a part, as does being overweight, not getting enough exercise, sitting too long (such as at a desk job), standing too long (such as at a job where you might stand but not move much), and smoking. It’s estimated that by age 60, 40 percent of men and 70 percent of women have spider or varicose veins. 

Pregnancy can also cause veins to appear, but unlike the spider and varicose veins due to heredity, these will likely go away within three months to a year. 

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