Taking the form of enlarged and twisted veins, the condition of varicose veins generally occurs in a person’s legs, as prolonged walking and standing enhances the pressure within the veins of an individual’s lower body.
Damaged or weak valves are the reason behind varicose veins, as the arteries transform blood from a person’s heart to the tissues, and veins work to get blood from the remaining areas of the body return to the heart so that blood is recirculated. Therefore, to ensure blood returns to the heart, lower leg muscles contract and act as pumps as the vein walls assist in returning blood to the heart. Therefore, when the small valves in the veins open as blood flows to the heart, if they are weakened or damaged, they can cause blood to flow backward and create a pool, which causes an individual’s veins to twist or stretch.
Self-care is key when it comes to having varicose veins. Patients with the condition are advised to elevate their legs, engage in a form of exercise, and wear compression stockings to not only ease the symptoms of their condition, but also ensure they don’t get worse.
Much like spider veins (a milder, more common form of varicose veins), for some individuals varicose veins can simply create a cosmetic issue that needs to be fixed; however, for others, this condition can cause symptoms of discomfort, and lead to more complicated issues.
Below are 10 symptoms of varicose veins condition.
As one of the main factors around developing varicose veins is prolonged standing or sitting (both of which could be linked to a career choice or lifestyle), it makes it no surprise that those with the condition may find a worsening pain after they get up from these positions (after a long time).
When you sit or stand for a number of consecutive hours, your body’s veins have to work harder when it comes to pumping blood to the heart, which is why the veins’ valves weaken for individuals who do this, and they are more susceptible to the condition.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to take a stretch break regularly (or exercise if you can) to help avoid the condition, or even to ensure that it does not worsen.