Varicose Veins India

Debunking Common Myths about Varicose Veins: Facts Vs Fiction

Varicose veins are a common problem that affects many people, and there are many myths surrounding them. In this article, Dr. Shoaib Padaria, the leading Vein Specialist in the country and the Pioneer of Laser treatment for varicose veins in the country, will talk about some of the most common myths about varicose veins and provide you with the facts.

Myth 1:   Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.

Fact:  Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, swelling, and itching. In severe cases, they can lead to skin changes and even ulcers.

Myth 2:  Only women get varicose veins.

Fact:  Although women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men, men can also get them. In fact, up to 45% of men will develop varicose veins at some point in their lives.

Myth 3:  Crossing your legs causes varicose veins.

Fact:  Crossing your legs does not cause varicose veins. However, sitting or standing for long periods of time can contribute to the development of varicose veins.

Myth 4:  Varicose veins always require surgery.

Fact: Surgery is not always necessary for varicose veins. There are many non-surgical treatments available, including compression stockings and lifestyle changes. Newer treatments like Laser have revolutionised the treatment of Varicose Veins

Myth 5:  Varicose veins are a normal part of aging.

Fact: Varicose veins are not a normal part of aging. While they are more common in older adults, they can occur at any age.

Myth 6:  Exercise makes varicose veins worse.

Fact: Exercise can actually help improve symptoms of varicose veins. Low-impact exercises like walking and swimming can help improve circulation and reduce swelling.

Myth 7:  Varicose veins are caused by high blood pressure.

Fact: Varicose veins are not caused by high blood pressure. They are caused by weakened or damaged valves in the veins that allow blood to flow backward and pool in the veins.

Myth 8:  Varicose veins always come back after treatment.

Fact: While varicose veins can recur after treatment, the likelihood of recurrence is much lower with modern treatments like endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

In conclusion, there are many myths surrounding varicose veins, but it’s important to know the facts.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, don’t hesitate to consult with a vein specialist like Dr Shoaib Padaria, the founder member and Past President of the Venous Association of India. With the right treatment, you can improve your symptoms and prevent complications.

At Doctor House Vein Centre, we offer a range of specialized procedures for the treatment of varicose veins, including laser therapy, under the guidance of Dr Shoaib Padaria. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care and treatment options for all of our patients.

To schedule an appointment with Dr Shoaib Padaria, please contact us at 022 23525001 / 022 23526001 / 022 23515002. Kindly call between 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays. Or send us an email at

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