Leg Spider Veins

The leg is the primary location of spider veins, superficial veins located just under the skin. Typically found on the thighs, calves, ankles, and knees, spider veins cause many patients to become self-conscious about exposing their legs.

Common Myths of Spider Veins in the Leg

  • People in occupations where they sit or stand for long periods of time are more prone to spider veins. This does not appear to be the case, although it is important to move around and stretch to get your blood flowing if you are sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Crossing your legs can cause spider veins. There is no evidence to support this claim, since the majority of leg spider veins are located at the ankles or the outer thighs.
  • Spider veins can "turn into" varicose veins. This is simply not true, as the two are completely separate conditions. They may exist at the same time; however, they are independent of one another and should be treated as such.

Treatment for spider veins in the leg is simple and effective through sclerotherapy.