As you now know, ‘spider veins’ is the term for bluish, purple or red veins that occur under the skin but can been seen my the naked eye. They are similar to varicose veins but are smaller, and like varicose veins, they can cause physical discomfort, embarrassment and self-consciousness, especially during the summer season.
1. Elevate your legs above your heart as often as possible – for periods of 5 – 30 minutes, especially after long periods of standing.
2. Sit properly. Focus on good posture and avoid crossing your legs, or sitting in ways that compress veins for long periods.
3. Walk. Walking causes the rhythmic contraction of calf muscles and helps promote blood flow to the heart. Just 30 minutes every day – all at once, or in shorter increments.
4. Contact a Vein Specialist Physician (Phlebologist) for an evaluation. In the past, treatment for spider veins has been considered only cosmetic, but they can also be an indication of an underlying problem.
Coping with spider veins?
You’ve got options. Find out more about venous disease and its treatment, or contact the Minnesota Vein Center to discuss your vein health care needs and questions.