how to prevent varicose vein

Support Stockings

The simplest way to prevent spider veins and varicose veins is to wear support stockings, also known as graduated compression stockings. They improve circulation while relieving pain and discomfort. These garments are available in styles that remain below or extend above the knee.

Lifestyle Changes

Losing weight and walking regularly can ease the symptoms of spider veins and varicose veins. Dietary modifications such as a low-salt diet may reduce water retention and with it, swelling in the extremities. In addition, keeping the legs above heart level by resting them on a pillow or recliner as often as possible can help prevent these conditions. We work closely with experts in weight loss management, and can facilitate a referral to a bariatric specialist.

Varicose Vein Prevention – Preventing Spider/Varicose Veins

Getting plenty of exercise is the best way to ward off spider veins and varicose veins. Exercise helps to keep one’s weight under control and their leg muscles toned, allowing blood to flow freely. Increasing circulation in the leg muscles through frequent stretching can also be beneficial.


Planning regular exercise is especially important during pregnancy. Wearing stockings, raising the feet above heart level at night, and sleeping on a side rather than flat-backed facilitates blood flow and minimizes swelling, two common side effects of pregnancy. Other steps, reducing sodium intake and drinking more water, can be taken to reduce the risk of varicose veins during pregnancy.