Varicose veins are enlarged, discolored, and twisted veins that stand out against the skin and the rest of the body’s veins. Varicose veins are essentially damaged veins that no longer have functioning blood vessel valves that help pump blood through the veins in the right direction.
Varicose veins can develop anywhere in the body but are more likely to develop in the lower extremities because our legs and feet bear the brunt of our body weight when we stand and walk.
Varicose veins can develop in people of all ages and backgrounds. However, there are risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing the condition. Here are some risk factors to keep in mind:
The feet bear the weight and pressure from the entire body when we stand or walk. Because of this, there is a strong chance that veins in the feet can become varicose. This is particularly true for individuals who have the risk factors mentioned above. While most people experience varicose veins in the lower legs, many people also develop them in the feet. Make sure to examine your feet for any unusual looking veins and see a veins specialist if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Some symptoms of varicose veins include swelling, pain, burning, itching, and tingling in the feet where the varicose veins exist. Some people only experience cosmetic symptoms like large, discolored veins. However, this does not mean that other symptoms will not develop later on. The longer varicose veins go untreated, the more symptoms you will eventually develop because the condition continues to worsen over time.
Varicose veins can be treated in a variety of ways and technological advancements have made the procedures faster, less painful, and more efficient. Some of the most popular ways of treating varicose veins include:
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