While they may not be dangerous or life-threatening, spider veins can be an unsightly nuisance. These ugly blue or purple discolorations occur when tiny veins gather just below the surface of the skin. Spider veins are common on the thighs, ankles, and calves, and affect women more often than men. While they can’t always be prevented, there are a few simple things you can do each day to keep them from popping up unannounced.
- Sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen will not only protect your skin from sun damage, premature aging, and skin cancer, but it can help keep your circulatory system safe as well. SPF helps block out damaging UV rays that can promote spider vein formation, especially on the face.
- Avoid Crossing Your Legs for prolonged periods. Crossing your legs disrupts blood flow, which can cause blood to pool and damage blood vessels. When your vein valves and walls are weakened, spider and varicose veins can take hold.
- Get Moving. Keeping your veins healthy means getting that cardiovascular system pumping. Try to move around as much as possible during the day, taking leisurely strolls around the office to get the blood flowing. As a general rule, try not to stay seated for more than 30 minutes at a time.
- Put Your Feet Up. When done correctly it can help your veins as much as your mindset. When you are relaxing on the couch, put your feet up to help relieve blood pressure on your legs. Gravity then draws the blood back to your heart.
- Wear the right shoes. Shoes can make a significant impact on your vascular health overall. Studies have shown that shoes with high heels can raise venous pressure in the lower legs. Make sure you have a good pair of comfortable flats or sneakers. Keeping the pressure off your feet can make a world of difference.
Island Vein Specialists are now a part of Advanced Dermatology PC. If you’re already struggling with unsightly spider veins or fear that you are at risk, let Dr. John Gallagher and his team help you. Dr. Gallagher delivers personalized vein treatment procedures that are pain-free to patients across Long Island and the surrounding areas.