Varicose Veins:Yes, varicose veins are unattractive but there’s more to the story.
Updated: May 11
Scores of individuals know the plight of varicose veins all too well. Typically, they form in the legs or feet but can form in other parts of the body as well. These enlarged, twisted, purplish-blue veins pop out close to the surface of the skin and look quite unsightly. But, are they just ugly or are they much more concerning than their ability to ruin the desire to wear shorts? The truth is, for some, varicose veins can cause severe pain and discomfort. These unruly veins can also cause even deeper issues such as circulatory problems.
Causes and Symptoms:
Age is perhaps the main factor that contributes to problems with varicose veins because as the body ages, veins stretch and gain elasticity making them more prone to collect and trap blood that should be ﬂowing back to your heart. Other factors that contribute to having veins that are varicose are:Sex – Women develop varicose veins much more than men do.Pregnancy – As the body works hard to support a developing fetus, the blood increases in some areas but unfortunately decreases in the legs and pelvis.Family History – Varicose veins can run in families.Obesity – Weight adds pressure to the veins and can cause them to function abnormally.A Sedentary Lifestyle – Blood doesn’t ﬂow as well if you remain standing or seated for long periods of time each day.
The symptoms of varicose veins are mostly obvious—you may see dark spots, bulging veins and/or visible veins that are blue or purple in color. Some symptoms that may not be as obvious are: aching in the legs, itching around veins, burning, throbbing, cramping and more. To prevent varicose veins it’s advisable to watch your weight, keep an active lifestyle, elevate your legs and move around/change positions often at work and at home.
Treating varicose veins can sometimes be as simple as wearing compression socks, losing weight and moving more. However, more severe veins more require seeing a doctor. There are a number of treatments that can erase or severely improve the problem.
Here at Phoenix Medical Centre, we oﬀer a convenient, same day procedure with an aﬀordable payment plan to match. Check with your insurance plan to see if the consultation or procedure (or both) can be covered. Let us help you get rid of unsightly and dangerous varicose veins once and for all.