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Understanding Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a symptom of vein disease, which includes faulty valves within the vein and a weakening of the vein walls. If a vein becomes weak and its valves malfunction, blood can flow backward, known as venous reflux, which can create pressure and cause veins to become twisted, distended, and painful. Varicosities occur most commonly in the veins of the lower legs and ankles because extended standing and sitting can increase pressure in the valves higher up in the leg, causing blood to pool downward.

Many people get varicose veins, but those most prone to them usually have at least one contributing element, such as age, heredity, gender, pregnancy, or changing hormone levels. Lifestyle factors such as standing for long periods, sitting in a way that impacts circulation, smoking, obesity, and physical injury can hasten or worsen the development of varicose veins.

For some people, varicose veins are simply unsightly, and may cause sufferers to avoid wearing shorts or skirts even in hot, humid weather – which can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable, to say the least. But for many, varicose veins come with a host of other problems, including pain, burning, tingling, swelling, throbbing, site tenderness, and a heavy, tired feeling in the legs. For some, this pain is so pronounced it may lead to inactivity, which can cause other health problems and worsen venous disease.

In more serious cases, untreated varicose veins can lead to chronic problems including inflammation, blood clots, darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation), sores around the ankles, or skin ulcerations that bleed beneath or above the skin’s surface.


There is no need to suffer from varicose veins.

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