What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that are usually found in the legs. They are caused by weakened valves and veins in the leg which allow blood to pool and enlarge the veins. Varicose veins can be painful and often lead to other health problems such as skin ulcers and blood clots.
Do I have Varicose Veins?
The most common signs of varicose veins are swollen, rope-like veins that are visible through the skin. Other symptoms include aching, burning, heaviness, and itching around the affected area. Varicose veins can also be accompanied by swelling in the ankles or legs. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity, wearing compression stockings, or taking medications to help improve blood flow. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected veins. Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms and the underlying cause of the varicose veins.