Woman eating fresh salad, a varicose veins food, at home.

As a vascular specialist, I often receive questions from patients and online inquiries regarding varicose veins. Common concerns revolve around compression socks, dangers of varicose veins, whether they burst, and more. Understanding these aspects helps individuals make informed decisions about understanding varicose veins and improving their vascular health.

Dr. Manish Taneja

Vascular Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

Introduction to Understanding Varicose Veins

As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to take our health for granted. However, for some individuals, vascular and interventional conditions can pose significant challenges and risks. Our varicose vein specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore understands the importance of education and guidance when it comes to these complex medical issues. In this blog post, we aim to demystify some of the technical aspects of vascular and interventional conditions by answering some frequently asked questions about varicose veins.

1. How common are varicose veins?


Varicose veins are very common. According to a 2021 YouGov Survey, they affect about one third of Singaporeans at some time in their lives. Just because your parents or grandparents had varicose veins doesn’t mean you will. Varicose veins run in the family for only half of all people who have them.


2. Are varicose veins dangerous?


Usually, varicose veins aren’t dangerous and don’t cause long-term health problems. For some people, especially those who have to sit or stand for long periods, compression may help relieve symptoms such as pain, swelling, and heaviness in the legs. However, it’s important to note that varicose veins can cause complications and may require visiting a specialized varicose veins clinic in Singapore for treatment if they cause pain or discomfort.


3. Should I wear compression socks for varicose veins?


Wearing compression stockings can be effective if you stand for long periods of time. Compression stockings squeeze the veins and prevent blood from pooling, which can help reduce leg swelling and relieve other symptoms associated with varicose veins. They can be effective if worn every day.


4. Should you massage varicose veins?

Massage may help reduce swelling or discomfort, but it will not make varicose veins go away. However, it’s important to note that there isn’t a cure for varicose veins, but treatments such as elevation and elastic stockings can reduce their appearance and relieve discomfort.


5. Should you wear flight socks if you have varicose veins?

Wearing flight socks can help prevent the formation of blood clots during long flights, especially for individuals with varicose veins or a history of deep vein thrombosis.


6. Why do women get varicose veins?

Women are more prone to varicose veins due to hormonal changes, pregnancy, and the structure of their pelvic veins.


7. What causes varicose veins at a young age?


The causes of varicose veins at a young age can be multifaceted, but being overweight definitely increases pressure in your veins and can increase the risk of getting varicose veins or worsen their appearance. And while genetic factors play a role, they are not a major factor. Ensure you maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of developing varicose veins.


8. What causes varicose veins in legs?

Varicose veins in the legs can be caused by various factors, including genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, and increased pressure in the veins due to factors such as standing for long periods of time.


9. What causes varicose veins in pregnancy?


Hormonal changes during pregnancy can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Additionally, the increased pressure on the veins due to the growing uterus can also be a contributing factor.


10. What causes varicose veins to burst?


Varicose veins can burst due to increased pressure, trauma, or underlying medical conditions like blood clots or inflammation.


11. What doctor should I see for varicose veins?


A vascular surgeon or a phlebologist, a doctor specializing in vein disorders, are the best professionals to consult for varicose vein treatment and management. Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic offer minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins in Singapore.


Get the World-Class Care and Treatment for Varicose Veins

Vascular and interventional conditions like varicose veins and brain aneurysms can significantly impact your quality of life. At Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic, Dr. Manish Taneja is dedicated to providing expert care, making complex medical topics accessible, and offering personalized treatment plans to help you regain your health and confidence. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have concerns about your vascular health, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We’re committed to bringing you healthcare that’s more convenient than ever before, with various ways to connect, including phone calls, WhatsApp, email, and in-person appointments at our clinic in Mount Alvernia Hospital. Start your journey to health recovery today by contacting us.

    How to Prevent Varicose Veins

    To keep your legs healthy, it is important to understand how varicose veins occur, whether they are preventable and the best treatment option. Here’s part of what you need to know.

    Find the Right Doctor

    From family and internal medicine to specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja is the best in the field.

    As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist, Dr Manish Taneja looks after peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms, dialysis interventions, venous diseases like deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins/spider veins/reticular veins. He is also competent in performing newer endovascular procedures such as uterine artery embolization, prostate artery embolization, genicular artery embolization, and erectile dysfunction interventions.

    Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

    Read More About Vein Diseases Treatments on Our Blog


    To dive deeper into the types of vascular treatments, head over to our clinic’s blog. Read our recommended venous diseases related blog posts to stay informed. Watch our helpful videos to learn more:


    Varicose Veins Resources

    Explore our varicose veins and spider veins resources for patients. Gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins conditions, their underlying causes, symptoms, and complications. Connect with your vascular health

    Keep Varicose Veins and Spider Veins at Bay


    If your legs feel sore persistently, achy when standing long periods, or maybe you notice blue or purple veins even bulging in the area, chances are these symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins could lead to other serious venous diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), or Leg Swelling due to increased pressure forming larger blood clots over time. Varicose veins are fully treatable with minimally invasive procedures and treatments offering minimal downtime and quick recovery preventing further complications. Long term effects of untreated varicose veins can hinder your daily life and impact your health.

    The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore is here to diagnose and treat varicose veins smoothening patients’ experience to find relief and comfort. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist based in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja looks after a spectrum of venous diseases, peripheral vascular malformations, and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

    Venous Diseases Treatments

    The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various vascular conditions and pain management. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our spider veins and varicose veins specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.