Can You Prevent Spider (Varicose) Veins?

Can You Prevent Spider (Varicose) Veins?

No, unfortunately you can’t prevent varicose veins (or spider veins) from forming.

Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted blood vessels. Most commonly experienced in the legs and feet due to the stress and pressure standing.

Prevent Varicose Veins From Getting Worse

While the actual formation of varicose veins cannot be stopped you can prevent the ones you have from getting worse. Here are some tips to do this:

  • Avoid standing for long periods of time (a break every hour is recommended)
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time (a break an hour is recommended)
  • To help offset the stress caused by blood flow raise your legs above the level of your heart periodically
  • Try to maintain a healthy weight for your height and activity level
  • Exercise regularly

A healthy lifestyle can have great impact on the prevention of worsening varicose (spider) veins. Toned muscles help blood move more freely throughout your body and a healthy weight can improve your blood pressure.