Although women tend to have greater risks of developing varicose veins, men’s veins are not immune. Being a man presents its own unique vein health challenges.
Why Is Men’s Vein Health a Touchy Subject?
Men’s vein health doesn’t come up as frequently because men tend to spend less time discussing and considering their health. Men will more often ignore or downplay issues, such as visible varicose veins, ankle swelling and skin changes. Men are also less likely to see a doctor about vein issues they have noticed.
Typical men’s clothing, which includes long pants that cover leg veins, hides skin changes and thereby decreases awareness of vein issues. This “out of sight, out of mind” mentality contributes to late diagnosis and treatment. Because of reluctance and procrastination, male patients usually see a doctor only when the symptoms or signs have become significant.
"I have had leg swelling for years and I never knew that I could do anything about it."
— Martin C.
What Is the Best Vein Treatment for Men?
The best vein treatment for men is usually the same as for women: compression stockings. Men often find these garments embarrassing or initially uncomfortable or a hassle and not use them. It’s important for male patients to understand that compression stockings now come in a variety of materials, colors and textures. There may be an adjustment period lasting several weeks.