People love to spout “facts” about common ailments like varicose veins, especially online. Varicose veins are a hot topic because they affect such a high percentage of the population—a staggering 30 percent or more.
But don’t believe everything you read! Here are 4 persistent varicose vein myths that need frequent dispelling:
Crossing your legs causes varicose veins.
There’s no link between crossing your legs and developing varicose veins. Varicose veins are the result of wear and tear on the valves in your veins which help regulate blood flow. For a variety of reasons, from standing or sitting long periods of time to aging and genetics, vein valves can weaken and allow blood to pool, causing veins to bulge and swell. If you want to reduce your risk of developing varicose veins, be sure to exercise, change your sitting or standing position regularly, and maintain a healthy weight. Other tips include elevating your legs periodically, eating a high fiber diet, and avoiding tight hosiery and high heels.
It’s really just a cosmetic issue.
It would be much easier if varicose veins were purely a cosmetic concern. But unfortunately, varicose veins can cause serious pain and discomfort. If your veins are affecting your health and well-being, it’s time to see a vein specialist. Dr. Surya Challa is a renowned board-certified vein specialist and surgeon who is widely respected for the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins, as well as general surgery.
Varicose veins are a female problem.
While it is true that varicose veins are more common among women, they also affect an estimated 45% of men—almost half of the male population.
Treatments are painful and involve a lot of downtime.
Dr. Challa is a premier vein surgeon and specialist in Hampton Roads, and offers the most advanced, state-of-the-art, and minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. Treatment can involve radiofrequency ablation, a minimally-invasive technique that disables concerned veins with radiofrequency energy, or ambulatory phlebotomy, which removes unhealthy veins through small incisions. Both treatments are well-tolerated with minimal postoperative discomfort.