What Are Varicose Veins?


LegsAs we grow older the one definite is that our physical bodies will slowly show the signs of a life lived under the sun, standing for long periods of time, climbing stairs and listening to music too loudly. Eyesight may not be as sharp, hearing becoming muffled and the skin losing its elasticity. Some people may even notice the formation of purple and blue lines and bumps across their legs and thighs, more commonly known as varicose veins. These warped blood vessels occur in up to 60% of adults, but before you stress about these unsightly features know the facts and what steps you can take to help prevent and treat.

How do varicose veins form?
Varicose veins are blood vessels that become swollen and twisted protruding from the surface of the skin. They tend to be dark blue and can technically occur anywhere on the body but you will usually see them develop near the legs and ankles. Varicose veins occur when veins fail to function properly. The veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward, and when they do not continue to perform this function the blood pools and settles in the vein instead of continuing on their normal route back to the heart. Some common symptoms include an achy feeling in your legs, itching sensation, general swelling in the legs, and cramping among other things.

Spider veins are very similar to varicose veins but much smaller and occur closer to the skin surface. They are often red or blue and resemble the look of branches or spider webs. Spider veins can sometimes precede development of varicose veins.

Are there ways to help prevent varicose veins?
Although there isn’t an all-out cure for varicose veins, there are ways to help prevent and treat.

·         Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.
·         Try not to sit or stand for long period of times. Break it up by alternating positions.
·         Wear compression socks or stockings to promote better circulation.
·         Exercise regularly. Incorporate low impact training such as swimming or biking.

·         Maintain a healthy weight.

For further explanation on varicose vein medical treatment and methods of prevention please reach out to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified Vascular Surgeons. Our staff are ready to help! Our Vascular Surgeons can be viewed here. Give us a call at 863-293-1191 or visit us online today.