Wondering why your legs have started showing spider veins? Not sure whether you should commit to treatment before you understand the root of the problem? Don’t worry, DHR Health Vein Institute has the vein and vascular answers you’re looking for. These five risk factors contribute to the vast majority of cases we see.
First and foremost, you’ll need to consider the role of genetics. If you have family members with spider veins, you’re going to be far more likely to experience them yourself. That’s why some people can hit every other risk factor on this list without showing any leg veins while other people barely tick a single box and still have problems.
Anything that interferes with your circulation adds to your risk of developing problems with your leg veins. High blood pressure, issues with blood clots, smoking, obesity – all these stressors on your circulation increase your risk of problems with the veins in your legs. These are important to get under control, as they’re not just an aesthetic problem; they’re a serious health hazard.
Any hormonal change creates a risk factor for the development of spider veins or varicose veins. This includes natural hormonal changes, such as the ones experienced through puberty, early adulthood, pregnancy or menopause and artificial adjustments such as those experienced from birth control medications or various hormone therapies.
Extra weight from obesity, a large frame, jobs requiring a heavy weight, and similar sources can contribute to the development of spider veins and varicose veins, along with other leg problems such as joint pain. Reducing weight won’t reverse the existence of visible veins in your legs, but it can help you minimize their further development in the future.
Any job, hobby or activity that has you on your feet for long periods of time puts you at risk for spider veins, due to the increased pressure on your legs. This can be difficult to avoid in many jobs, unfortunately—and sitting isn’t necessarily a solution, as long periods sitting have also been associated with an increased risk of leg vein problems. The key is to try to find a balance between standing and sitting, if you can.
If you’d like to learn more about spider vein treatment in Rio Grande Valley, contact the experts at DHR Health Vein Institute today. We’ll be glad to help you figure out the right treatments to improve your spider veins and varicose veins.