orange leaf person wearing a winter hat looking at reasons for varicose veins in winter
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or other forms of venous disease, colder seasons can take a toll on your legs
. Here we’ll look at what happens to your veins in colder temperatures and how it affects your veins’ overall function. 

Positive Effects of Cold Weather on Your Veins

Less Discomfort​: The colder it gets, the less likely you are to suffer from swelling and pain in your ankles. This is because as our bodies heat up we expand; but with decreased circulation due to lower temperatures these valves function better which means there’ll be less cramps or other discomfort!

Negative Effects of Cold Weather on Your Veins

Circulatory Problems: When the temperatures drop enough for it to snow, the atmospheric pressure changes. This can cause your circulatory system to become less efficient, which can aggravate vein problems.
Weight Gain​: It’s common during the holiday months to gain a few extra pounds. That means your legs are under more stress to pump blood back to your heart. Despite the cold weather, try to stay active. This will keep the valves pumping blood through the veins.
thermometer showing how temperature affects your vein health

How to Maintain Vein Health in Winter

Here are a few ways to keep the symptoms of varicose veins in check during the colder months:
  • Elevate your legs for 30 minutes before you go to sleep.
  • Eat high-fiber foods like avocados, beans, and berries for good circulation.
  • Try some light stretching in the morning, at midday, and before bed.
  • Massage your ankles and lower legs when possible.

See a Vein Specialist

If you are suffering from the symptoms of varicose veins, there is no need to suffer any longer! It’s important that once a vein has become damaged it cannot be repaired without medical attention. Seeking out help now will give your legs back their youthful appearance and performance they were designed for by preventing future complications in time-honored tradition.


Delaware state character riding a bike toward healthier veins
At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a FREE virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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