Causes of Spider and Varicose Veins

Want to know what causes spider or varicose veins?

No one is entirely sure, but one possible cause is standing for long periods of time. Standing while working may be beneficial for many health reasons, but standing too long can cause pressure in your legs, causing blood to back up. In the process, vein valves begin to weaken and/or damage, leaking blood back into the vein and creating the appearance of spider or varicose veins.


There are a few things you can do to prevent or reduce spider and varicose veins. If you have a job that requires standing for long periods of time, it may be  best to sit for a few minutes in hourly increments. Taking frequent walks around the office is also encouraged. It’s important to maintain an exercise regimen including both walking and running, which encourages blood flow in the legs. If varicose veins have already begun to appear, wear compression stockings, avoid tight clothes that compress the waist area, and avoid wearing high heels. For those that may be overweight, weight loss is suggested to reduce pressure of the lower leg.


There are various treatments for spider and varicose veins, which can be determined upon evaluation. Sclerotherapy is a treatment in which a solution, such as Asclera, is injected into veins to scar then collapse. Endoveous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a treatment that targets the veins using a laser fiber to probe the area, sealing the vein and directing blood flow to other areas. Lastly, with Stab Phlebectomy, small incisions are made along the surface of the skin to remove the vein.

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