Spider veins can be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency, a vascular condition which causes blood to pool in the legs. This in turn can cause tiny, usually invisible veins under the skin to dilate and become visible as spider veins. Sometimes spider veins can develop on their own, even if the deeper veins are normal. The effects of hormones, time, and gravity can cause the tiny valves in the veins under the skin to fail, allowing blood to back up and result in spider veins.

Spider veins are not caused by the type of shoes you wear, but long periods of standing or sitting can lead to spider veins over time. Spider veins commonly occur around the ankles and the sides of the feet. This is because the effect of gravity is greatest in the lower part of the legs. Other common areas for spider veins are the inner and outer thighs.

If you have a job that requires sitting at a desk or standing for long periods of time, and you are noticing spider veins, or aching, tiredness, or restlessness of your legs, try wearing 20-30mmHg compression stockings to work. They will make your legs feel better and help slow down the development of new spider veins.

What are spider veins a sign of?

What are spider veins a sign of?