Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

You can often quickly spot varicose veins as they can show quite clearly just underneath the skin. They can look or feel swollen and may seem larger than is usual for you. They may feel lumpy or raised to the touch and appear distinctly blue or dark purple in colour. They can develop in the lower legs and feet but also arise in the arms or even in the groin area in both men and women.

Varicose veins can be more common in females, in older age and in people who may have a close family member who suffers from them, too. Pregnancy, a job which needs you to stand all day, being overweight or even the presence of other medical conditions can all affect your individual chances of developing varicose veins.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Can varicose veins hurt? Yes – but sometimes they can present without irritation. Varicose veins can just be really uncomfortable, making you feel so self-conscious about your appearance that you start to dress differently to conceal them from view.

Common symptoms you may experience include:

  • aches and pains
  • swollen feet and ankles
  • itchy skin
  • muscle cramps
  • the start of dry and thin skin appearing over the affected veins
  • feelings of discomfort, throbbing, heaviness in your lower legs and/or feet

You may notice:

  • you now have difficulty standing for long periods of time
  • a worsening of your varicose veins symptoms during warmer weather

What causes Varicose Veins?

You may be wondering how you get varicose veins. The key to understanding the cause lies in observing exactly what varicose veins look like. Their unique visual appearance can show that the affected vein walls are now so stretched that the small valves which operate within them no longer open and close correctly to help circulate the blood through the body as it should.

With blood now leaking and flowing backwards it collects or pools causing the creation of enlarged, lumpy, bulging or twisted veins within the affected area. The exact reasons why the affected vein walls become stretched and their related valves become weakened in the first place continues to be researched.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

You may be thinking about how to treat varicose veins. We can talk about and decide on your personal treatment plan during your first appointment with us plus answer any questions you may have. The varicose veins treatment options available for you to consider depend on the severity of your condition as seen at consultation.

Self-care advice such as taking up regular exercise and avoiding standing up for a long time plus resting and raising the affected area and/or using compression stockings (if deemed suitable for you), may be prescribed.

Varicose vein surgery is also available. It is designed to seal the affected veins using a range of procedures and techniques (again, if deemed suitable). You may also be thinking about whether it is possible to opt for varicose vein removal.

At Pall Mall Medical, we offer varicose veins treatment. Visit the page to find out more.

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