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Myth busted: Does crossing your legs cause varicose veins?

You may have heard that crossing your legs can cause varicose veins, but is this true?

For many of us, varicose veins are something that happens when we age and they can have more effect on us then just an unsightly appearance.

But what causes them?

What is the truth?

Despite the rumours, thankfully putting one leg over the other doesn’t cause varicose veins.

Experts at House Call Doctor say it’s a medical myth that many people believe.

While varicose veins can lead to self-consciousness and a lack of confidence, they do have the possibility to negatively impact on overall health as well.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins usually don’t cause any pain but are blue or dark purple in appearance. They may also look twisted and even bulging.

Other symptoms include:

  • Heavy feeling in the legs
  • Aches
  • Itching around the veins
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling, muscle cramping and burning.

It’s important to see a doctor if the symptoms are worsening or if the appearance of the veins is concerning.

The causes of varicose veins are age and even pregnancy. When you get older, the veins can lose elasticity, which causes them to become weak.

This allows the blood to start flowing backward and pool in your veins, making them large and giving them a blue appearance, caused by the deoxygenated blood.

It’s important to be wary as varicose veins can cause ulcers, blood clots and bleeding. It’s important to seek medical attention if you’re worried about any complications from varicose veins.


There are a few ways you can treat varicose veins.  These include:

  • Injecting chemicals to block the veins
  • Using heat to seal the veins using laser or ablation therapy
  • Surgery to remove veins using small cuts or punctures
  • Wearing compression stockings to stop blood pooling in the legs.

You can prevent varicose veins by exercising, elevating legs, eating fibre, avoiding salt and not to wear high heels.

So, the good news is, crossing your legs will not cause varicose veins. Consider this myth, busted!

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