Are Spider Veins Preventable?
Unfortunately, most spider veins are hereditary or genetic, but there are a few things that can make them worse:
• Prolonged standing
• Prolonged sitting
• Hormonal Influences
In addition, if a patient happens to have an underlying medical problem, such as venous reflux or insufficiency, they will often notice an increased appearance of visible vein problems. While it is difficult to prevent spider veins, they can be easily treated and controlled with in-office treatment.
Individuals whose lifestyle/jobs require that they either stand or sit for prolonged periods of time each day should take extra precaution to elevate their legs intermittently throughout the day or, at least, at the very end of the day. In addition, small bursts of exercise, such as walking, flexing the calves, toe lifts or rotation of the ankles can help by increasing the flow of blood to your calf muscles, feet and surrounding veins. The wearing of prescription-grade compression stockings or socks, available at vein treatment medical practices, should be a prime consideration.
Causes of Spider Veins:
Sure, you can help alleviate the symptoms of spider veins by enlisting the above suggestions, but genetics is the most important factor in the development of spider veins. Millions of women work on their feet or sit at desk jobs, but they do not develop spider veins; millions of women get pregnant and do not develop spider veins. It is the interplay of genetics, environment and how you care for yourself that dictates whether or not you develop spider veins, at what rate, and what age they appear. It is estimated that approximately 60 percent of people who have spider veins inherit them from their mother’s side.
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