Varicose veins differ from other veins in that they are just under the surface of the skin and can often look like cords or ropes. The vein condition is typically found on the legs or feet, although it can occur elsewhere. The severity of this condition and look can vary from person to person.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can be caused by a myriad of things but are most common with:
- Weak valves in the legs
There are some aggravating factors that can make varicose veins worse if you are predisposed to them. These include pregnancy, obesity and surgery on the legs.
Recent studies have shown varicose veins are the most common early sign of vein disease, affecting 1 in 3 adult women, almost 50 percent of adult men and may lead to further health conditions without proper treatment.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins don't just show through the skin. If they have a ropey look to them, they are more likely to be varicose veins. Other symptoms include:
- Bulging / Lumpy veins
- Achiness / Pain in the legs
- Itchiness in the legs and feet (not always common)
- Some people do not suffer from any symptoms at all
Varicose veins are most common in the legs and feet. While usually benign, it's possible that varicose veins can lead to blood clots and other health issues.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
Major advances in image-guided, diagnostic ultrasound and minimally invasive ablation technologies has led to the development of procedures such as VNUS Closure Fast™ – where the vein is permanently closed using radiofrequency energy. Often times following VNUS Closure Fast™, patients may require Ambulatory Microphlebectomy or Sclerotherapy.
It is important to know that varicose veins are not always preventable and can be usually caused by heredity. Sometimes the causes can be from certain lifestyle patterns. We have put together a simple infographic on a few ways to help prevent this condition from forming or worsening.
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