In patients with less severe vein problems we will sometimes recommend a conservative approach to treatment. Compression stockings and leg elevation are examples of conservative approaches to the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. Compression stockings are important because they have a higher compression than regular support hose. They are available by prescription only.
Leg elevation: Sounds simple but many times people think they are elevating their legs and they're really not. Correct leg elevation involves elevating the feet above the heart.
- Excessive sun exposure. Use sunscreen. (Always important, but especially important in limiting facial spider vein formation).
- Excessive body weight.
- Crossing your legs when sitting.
- Standing for long periods of time, (especially without wearing compression stockings).
- Exercise. Exercise improves your circulation and exercise that targets your legs, like walking or running, is especially effective.
- Do try to elevate your legs above your heart when resting.