Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged, twisted veins that usually occur on the legs and feet. They are often blue or dark purple and lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance. They occur because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins in the lower body or because faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or to pool.
When the valves in your veins get weak or damaged, you could get varicose veins. Veins have to return blood from your body to your heart, and when carrying blood from the legs, they have to work against gravity. The valves in veins ensure that blood doesn’t flow backwards. When these valves don’t function properly, blood flows backward and pools in the vein, causing them to stretch or twist.
The following increase your risk of getting varicose veins:
Signs and Symptoms:
Varicose veins symptoms may sometimes show without any pain, such as:
Painful symptoms of varicose veins include:
The vascular surgeon at Medcare will discuss your symptoms and conduct a physical examination. Your legs will be examined for any kind of swelling when you stand.
The specialist may also suggest an ultrasound test to see if the valves in your veins are functioning normally or if there's any evidence of a blood clot.
Schedule a consultation at Medcare for the correct diagnosis and varicose vein treatments. A number of techniques are available to treat varicose veins:
A: Yes, you can manage your health and fitness so as to minimise chances of getting varicose veins. Exercise is an important practice that keeps your leg muscles toned, your blood flowing and prevents you from getting overweight. Avoid smoking as it has been linked to varicose veins.
If your work involves sitting or standing for long periods, try to stretch or exercise your legs at frequent intervals. Avoid high-heeled shoes and tight clothing.
A: Your doctor may advise you to wear compression stockings. These improve circulation and may also give you relief from pain. They could prevent your varicose veins from getting worse.
A: Discuss your exercise routine with your doctor so that you can opt for one that benefits your condition. Generally, walking, cycling, leg lifts, lunges are the best for you.