Statistically broken capillaries on legs and varicose veins usually affect women as opposed to men and can be a real problem for some people. In fact more than fifty percent of the population suffers from these problems, which can at times not only be far from aesthetic but also uncomfortable to live with.
Before you get set to deal with these spidery looking veins, you should understand why they are there in the first place. In our legs the blood that returns to the heart must flow upwards through the veins with the use of tiny valves that prevent the blood from flowing backwards due to gravity. The problem arises when these valves do not work correctly, allowing the blood to stagnate and accumulate in the veins thus stretching the veins giving them the bulging aspect you often see in varicose veins. These varicose veins can also be quite painful and will cause oedema, resulting in the swelling of feet and ankles. Spider veins are tiny capillary ruptures, which are closer to the surface of our skin resulting from these swollen varicose veins.
So why is it we are so prone to varicose veins and broken capillaries? Well to start with a bad blood circulation will cause these problems, especially with people who stand in the same position for a long time or sit a lot and cross there legs as a habit. Putting on weight will increase the pressure on your legs thus making you more prone to varicose and spider veins. For women the period during pregnancy plays a major role in the development of varicose veins and broken capillaries, for the legs have to suddenly cope with 10 to 25 kilos more than they are used to, in the space of a few months, in addition to a larger amount of blood circulating.
In order to battle against these annoying and ungainly marks, the best treatment is prevention. Regular exercise is the best remedy and keeping your weight at check is also important. You must allow your blood to circulate properly through the veins, by walking, swimming and other regular but not too extreme exercises. When you can keep your legs up from the floor allowing the blood to flow more easily, do it. Do not apply pressure behind the knee, as when you cross your legs for example, as this will partially block the blood circulation in your legs.
If you cannot avoid standing a lot or sitting due to the kind of work you have to carry out, you can opt for special sustaining stockings or pantyhose, which will do wonders for your legs, and avoid swelling and aching. You must always remember to take a walk every now and then or a break from standing, put your legs up and allow the blood to flow towards your heart. All these small details can do a world of good to your legs and it is important to pay attention to them regularly.
If it is already too late you can use sclerotherapy treatment, where a particular solution is injected into the varicose veins, which in turn close up and collapse. However if you do not opt for healthier habits in exercising and weight control, varicose veins or spider veins will be back.
You can also take Horse Chestnut Seed Extract, which is a natural substance that helps reinforce the walls of veins and decreases the capillary permeability, it relieves inflammation and stops the veins from swelling.Together with this natural remedy, regular exercising and a healthy diet you can avoid these problems or at least diminish them.