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5 Varicose Vein Myths Debunked

Posted on May 19, 2023

If you’ve seen the first signs of possible varicose veins on your legs or feet, you might be scouring the internet for information about where they came from and what to do next. While online searches can be useful tools, the data conveyed through a quick Google search might not be entirely accurate.

Varicose veins are largely common, but there is often misunderstanding about treatment options and the condition itself. Misinformation could ultimately lead to the exacerbation of symptoms while you try sorting through a mountain of false facts. Don’t let the influx of information distract you from your options.

Let’s explore 5 myths regarding varicose veins:

1. Myth: Spider veins and varicose veins are the same.

Varicose veins commonly appear in legs, ankles, and feet as large, bulging blood vessels. While unsightly, they can also lead to more serious health complications when left untreated. Spider veins are small, damaged veins that appear as thinner lines close to the surface of the skin. They do not indicate potential health issues, but they are often treated with surgery or other operations for aesthetic reasons.

2. Myth: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins.

There is no evidence linking leg crossing to the onset of varicose veins. However, people who already have varicose veins might worsen the symptoms (aching, swelling, burning, throbbing) by remaining stationary for too long. If you work in a professional setting that requires you to sit still for most of the day, you might want to take short, frequent walks around the office to maintain blood flow in the legs and help your veins pump blood back to your heart.

3. Myth: Only women get varicose veins.

It’s true that varicose veins are more common in women, but it might surprise you to learn that men get them as well. Approximately 45% of men experience varicose veins during their lives. Apart from pregnancy, risk factors for men and women are similar and include family history, obesity, smoking, prolonged standing, and a sedentary lifestyle. However, no one risk factor indicates that varicose veins are inevitable.

4. Myth: Exercise worsens the appearance of varicose veins.

Exercise aids in circulation and overall blood flow. Running and walking should only be beneficial to your vein health, especially with the help of compression stockings. These stockings help prevent blood from pooling in the legs, which signals damaged blood vessels.

5. Myth: Insurance won’t cover vein treatment.

Because varicose veins pose a threat for potentially serious concerns, such as an increase in the severity of symptoms, many insurance companies will cover treatment. Your insurance company will likely deem your treatment as a medically necessary procedure, given the likelihood that your varicose veins could cause painful side effects.

Seeking Treatment

Men and women with visible or painful varicose veins should seek consultation with an expert. Varicosity Vein Center’s specialists offer demonstrated experience surrounding the myths and truths about your vein health. Contact us to set up your initial evaluation.

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