Common Myths and Truths about Varicose Veins

Common Myths and Truths about Varicose Veins

Myth – Spider veins and varicose veins are the same thing.

Truth – Although both are caused by valve dysfunction, spider veins appear as a blue or red nest of veins just under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins protrude beneath the skin. Spider veins can be removed for cosmetic reasons using minimally invasive treatments and do not pose a medical risk.

Myth – Prolonged sitting or standing does not cause varicose veins.

Truth – Spending a substantial amount of time on your feet puts you at a higher risk for developing varicose veins. It is recommended to rest your legs each day by elevating your feet above your heart to reduce strain.

Myth – Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue and do not need treatment.

Truth – Although a cosmetic nuisance, veins left untreated can progress into more serious medical conditions. Symptoms may include increased leg pain, swelling, and damaged skin.

If you have varicose or spider veins, call Family Medicine and Vein Clinic to find relief and the best treatment option for you! (402) 316-4320

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