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A varicose vein is a condition that occurs when the veins in the leg become enlarged. Varicose veins are bulging, bluish cords that run under the skin surface. The condition causes the veins of the leg and feet to become visible, and twisted.
What’s more, varicose veins can be significantly painful. Varicose veins can become tender to the touch. Eventually, the circulation of blood around the leg is affected. This will lead to itchy skin, swollen feet and ankles.
Furthermore, varicose veins can be enlarged, dilated, and clogged with blood and appear bluish-purple or red. Varicose veins tend to be more common in women.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur once the valves in the veins stop functioning appropriately. Since the legs are farthest from the heart, blood will be unable to reach this part the body. Some possible causes for varicose veins are:
Prolonged sitting or standing
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
The most common symptoms of varicose veins includes:
Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping
Discoloration of the skin
Swelling of the legs
Heaviness in the legs
If adequate care is not taken, the condition can worsen over time. This can lead to swelling and ulcers in the legs. Conservative treatment for varicose veins include:
Regular Exercise: Living a sedentary lifestyle can cause varicose veins. Regular exercise and physical fitness activities like walking and running can improve blood circulation in the legs. Doing yoga can also improve blood circulation.
Wear Compression Stockings: Varicose veins can also be treated by putting on properly-fitting compression stockings. You can buy these compression socks from our office, specialty pharmacies and surgical supply stores.
Weight Loss: Obesity is also known to cause varicose veins. Consider shedding some weight to improve your condition.
Elevate Your Legs: This will help encourage blood return back to the heart.
Switch Positions Often: Whether you are at home or work, try as much as possible not to sit or stand for a long time. Switch positions from time to time.
Eat Well: Eating a diet of fruits and vegetables. Some Simple Foods that Help
Many people continue to have symptoms from varicose veins despite the above therapies, and therefore are good candidates for our in-office procedures.
Consult a Vein Specialist Today!
A qualified vein specialist can help treat your varicose veins and improve your quality of life. Visit us today at Texas Vein Health. Dr. Vijay S. Ramanath will be available to diagnose your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment procedure for you. Give us a call today!