Spider veins are enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They often resemble spider legs or webs hence the name, spider veins. They may appear blue, red, or purple in color. Reduce your risk of spider veins with these four simple tips:
1. Wear support hose or compression stockings when working on your feet. This is a great option for the long-term reduction in risk of developing venous disease especially if you experience long periods of standing.
2. Put your feet up. When possible, elevate your feet above your heart a few times a day for 10 to 15 minute intervals. This will alleviate pressure on your legs and allow gravity to pull blood back to the heart.
3. Get up and get moving. Extended periods of standing or sitting can lead to pooling of blood in the legs. Try to get up every 30 minutes and move around to promote good circulation.
4. Sit with good posture. Sitting with your legs crossed for extended periods can inhibit the blood flow in your lower extremities causing damage or weakening of veins and valves contributing to spider and varicose veins.
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