What Are Varicose Veins?


Varicose veins are caused by twisted and enlarged superficial veins.  The are most common in the legs and many times are a cosmetic concern. However, if your varicose veins cause aching pain and discomfort, contact your Bond Clinic Physician right away. 



  • Blue or Dark Purple veins visible from the skin’s surface
  • Veins that appear twisted and bulging 



It is impossible to completely prevent varicose veins, but activities that improve circulation can help to reduce the risk. 

  • Exercising
  • Watching your weight 
  • A low salt and high fiber diet
  • Avoiding tight hosiery and high heels
  • Elevating your legs
  • Frequently changing from a sitting or standing position 


When to Consult a Doctor

  • An achy or heavy feeling in your legs 
  • Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
  • Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time  
  • Itching around one or more veins 
  • Skin discoloration around Varicose vein


While Varicose Veins are usually a superficial issue, be sure to consult with your doctor.   Bond Clinic has two Vascular Surgeons and you can learn more about them by visiting our website here.