Varicose Veins are large twisted veins that are commonly found to affect the veins in your legs. Any vein can be considered varicose but typically they are found to be in your lower body. Standing increases the pressure on the veins in your lower body which is the main reason for this. Varicose veins may not be painful at all. Many people oftentimes don’t notice they have them right away. Varicose veins usually are blue or purple and seem to be bulging out of your leg. Varicose veins visually look twisted and can cover a large major of your legs. United Vein Centers have experienced and compassionate board-certified vein specialists that can help you with your painful varicose veins
Signs And Symptoms of Painful Varicose Veins
- Discolored skin and clear dark blue varicose veins bulging in your leg.
- The skin around varicose veins often can be very itchy. Try to avoid scratching.
- Your lower legs may be cramping, throbbing, itching, and burning around your leg muscles due to painful Varicose veins.
- Sitting and standing is a lot harder than it used to be.
- Your body is aching and your legs feel heavy.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but much smaller in size. Spider veins can be found on your legs and face and can appear to be red or blue in color. They are called spider veins because they appear to look like spider webs on your legs and appear to be on the surface of your legs. Wearing compressing socks and stockings and elevating your legs can alleviate the pain from spider veins and varicose veins. This can help prevent the varicose veins from looking worse and possibly eliminate them completely. This is just a self-treatment option. You can always contact your doctor to schedule an ultra-sound test to ensure your veins are working properly.
Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in your legs. Blood must be recirculated when your arteries carry blood to all of your organs and directly to your heart. Weakened valves can negatively affect this process. When valves aren’t operating properly that can cause your blood to flow backward into your vein causing them to twist up and discolor.
- Pregnancy– pregnancy causes your body to produced enlarged veins due to your heightened volume of blood to support the fetus.
- Obesity– Obesity causes your legs to have to carry more weight which puts more pressure on them. Added pressure on your body can cause varicose veins, so it’s pretty common to see varicose veins on the legs of overweight people.
- Sex- Women are more likely to develop varicose veins due to pregnancy and hormonal changes. Women that take birth control pills and hormonal medication are more likely to develop varicose veins on their legs.
- Age- Aging causes your valve to wear down which results in blood flowing back into your veins to be collected. As you age you are much more likely to have varicose veins.