In short, there is no known way to prevent varicose veins.


A portion of the population are predisposed to the development of venous disease. Generally speaking everyone is susceptible, especially if we factor in age and lifestyles or occupations that require long periods of standing or sitting. It is estimated that up to 1 n 5 people have some form of venous impairment.


Wearing specialised venous support stockings may prevent some dilated blood vessels from developing in some people. And, maintaining a normal weight and taking regular exercise, especially low-impact activities like walking, may also be helpful.


Certain footwear may restrict normal ankle movement and these include high heeled shoes. People who are susceptible to venous disease should avoid wearing this type of footwear.