Preventing Vein Problems

There are many simple steps to take towards minimizing the risk of developing spider veins and varicose veins. Although there is a big genetic component, the other risk factors associated with these vein problems are lifestyle factors, which means they can be controlled. Here are some simple ideas for reducing your risk of varicose veins and spider veins.

Individuals who live sedentary lifestyles are at an increased risk of developing varicose veins and spider veins. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy body weight are two of the best ways to ensure the integrity of the circulatory system. Any activity that works the legs will help prevent varicose and spider veins from forming. Examples of suggested exercises include walking, biking, hiking, swimming, and running. Individuals who are wheelchair bound should consult with their doctor or physical therapist to learn appropriate exercises for stimulating the circulation of the lower limbs. Eating a proper diet and maintaining a healthy weight prevent excess strain on the circulatory system, thereby reducing the risk of the development of spider veins and varicose veins.


Vein specialists also advise refraining from sitting or standing for excessively long periods of time. When these activities must take place be sure to shift your weight from one side to the other, take breaks to stretch, and from time to time bounce up onto your toes. The idea is to provide some stimulation to the veins in the legs and prevent undue strain. Some individuals may benefit from wearing mild compression hose  to assist in the efficient return of blood to the heart.

Consulting a vein care specialist for help in determining if this step may be prudent for your vein health can be very helpful. Making a few modifications to your wardrobe can also be helpful in preventing varicose veins and spider veins. It is advised to choose loose fitting clothing that does not restrict the waist and legs. Wearing flat shoes, rather than high heels, can also help to prevent excessive strain on lower leg veins.

When sitting keep the legs uncrossed, and when it is necessary to sit for extended periods of time be sure to stand up and stretch, roll the ankles around, and move the legs slightly. The goal is to stimulate the circulation of the lower legs. Keeping the legs elevated is also recommended. Raise your legs 6 to 12 inches above your heart when you are lying down or resting. Put your feet up while sitting at home and put a pillow under your feet while in your bed. The risk of varicose veins is reduced because the heart has an easier time pumping blood out of the legs and this lessens the work of the valves.

Although it is not possible to eliminate the genetic predisposition for varicose veins and spider veins, making some simple diet and lifestyle changes can reduce the chances that vein problems will develop.