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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Does Leg Crossing Lead to Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins commonly appear on the inner thigh and calf where your legs cross when sitting.  However, it is the saphenous vein which runs along the inner leg that is most often responsible for varicose veins. Reflux (or backflow) in the saphenous vein is what leads to bulging surface veins, not simple leg crossing.

The old wives’ tale that people who crossing the legs leads to varicose and spider veins is just a misconception. Varicose veins usually follow a familial pattern so there is some hereditary component. In addition, multiple pregnancies is a certain risk factor. Symptoms such as restless legs, swelling and heaviness are common with larger varicosities. Fortunately, if varicose veins develop, treatments such as VNUS ClosureClariVein and phlebectomy are ideal solutions.

Spider veins are seen with equal frequency in the inner and outer legs. Meaning, your legs do not and cannot cross at all of the same places as spider veins commonly appear. Many women have spider veins on the outer thighs—and unless you are a contortionist, leg crossing isn't the cause. Spider veins are more often a result of hormonal changes, sun exposure, age and heredity. In any case, sclerotherapy is the ideal treatment option for spider veins.

So, another myth dispelled ... feel free to cross your legs. You won’t increase your risk of developing varicose and spider veins!


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