Spider veins are a web of thread like veins which are visible on the surface of the skin and are generally not painful
The pressure of blood flowing backwards widens the blood vessels, making them visible below the skin.
Spider veins are not serious, but can be the first sign your leg veins are not working efficiently. Seek advice from your nurse or GP and consider wearing graduated compression hosiery to prevent more serious conditions.
Keep active and maintain a healthy weight. As compression hosiery assists blood flow up the legs and prevents backflow and pooling, consider wearing Activa Class 1 compression socks or tights - available in plain colours, ribbed and patterned socks.