Varicose vein disease in men is a common problem. Approximately 25-35% of men suffer from some form or severity of varicose vein disease. They often don't seek help, and often don't even talk about it with friends or family. When was the last time that you were out with your friends, having a beer and decided to discuss the varicose vein problems you were having with your legs? Tell the truth! That just doesn't happen.
AgingThere are many possible risk factors for men which increase your chances of developing varicose veins:
It's common for men to wait much longer than women to address a problem such as varicose veins. Swelling can continue to get worse and it's not until your shoes don't fit that you are willing to admit you have a problem.
If your legs ache, it could be a bigger problem than simply overdoing it at last week’s softball game. And even if your legs aren’t in pain, if you’re seeing weird vein patterns, chances are there could be something wrong. Get off the sidelines and seek varicose vein treatment at Vena – The Varicose Vein Institute. Who doesn’t want their legs to look and feel years younger?
If you’re seeing weird vein patterns, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have varicose veins. You could be suffering from telangiectasia (commonly referred to as spider veins)– a small, but dilated system of connected blood vessels near the surface of the skin, resembling spider legs or an overhead view of a network of rivers.
Varicose veins and spider veins may seem similar – both having to do with veins and both are unsightly blemishes to the skin. Although they have these similarities, it’s important to know the facts about varicose veins and spider veins including the major differences, so you can make an educated decision on whether or not your vein issue has medical ramifications.
Varicose Veins v Spider Veins
|Topic||Varicose Veins||Spider Veins|
|Medical effects||Yes, varicose veins are diseased valves mainly in the large veins in the legs allowing blood to flow backwards – this is called venous reflux||No, spider veins are a cosmetic issue|
|Are they painful?||Yes, varicose veins are painful especially if they go untreated||No, standalone spider veins are purely a cosmetic issue|
|Appearance||Swollen and twisted chord-like veins, rise above the skin’s surface||Thin and thread-like veins, can look like a sky view of a river, Appear close to the skin’s surface|
|Color||Flesh-colored or blue||Blue, purple, or red|
|Symptoms||Can cause pain, cramps, swelling, and fatigue in legs||None, unless there are varicose veins hidden beneath spider veins|
|Location||Most common on the legs||Most common on the legs or face|
|When||Can occur at any age||Can occur at any age, but most commonly starts between 18 and 35 years old, and peaks around 50 to 60 years old|
|How common is it?||25%-35% of men suffer from some form of varicose veins||79% of men have spider veins|
Although the differences between spider veins and varicose veins in men are apparent, they also share characteristics:
If you’re experiencing discomfort, there are a few things you can do to reduce the pain until your consultation with us.
Even if your legs are in great shape, these are all things to help improve blood flow, and help keep them that way.
Vein-Disease-Free Men's Legs
Running, biking, walking, jogging and stretching help to strengthen leg muscles and improve blood circulation throughout your legs and the rest of your body. Get out and golf!
Standing and sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your veins; mix up your posture to give yourself a break every 30 minutes. If you know you’re going to stand or sit for an extended period of time, try performing quick calf raises several times an hour. Again, any kind of stretching is going to help improve your circulation and reduce any aches or pains.
Keep your legs elevated when you sit or lie down. When your legs are raised to at least the level of your heart, the veins in your legs have an easier time moving blood throughout your body.
Compression stockings will help a great deal. They work by hugging the legs, getting gradually tighter as they near the ankle, where blood is most likely to pool, thanks to gravity. Stopping the blood from gathering in those lower regions makes returning the blood to the heart to be circulated again a much easier task. Basically, compression stockings return the legs and the blood circulating within them to their pre-varicose existence.
Unlike in the past, these types of socks can be stylish and made to suit your needs for either work or athletics. As I am writing this, I just pointed out to my colleague who's working on this with me, that I am presently wearing my compression stockings.
Varicose and spider veins get worse with time. Having your veins treated when you first find that you have a problem, may help you to avoid more extensive treatment later. If you or someone you know has symptoms related to varicose veins, including pain, aching, fatigue, itching, burning, tingling, swelling, cramping, restlessness, and/or throbbing, they should be evaluated by a physician.