– Varicose Veins –

Varicose veins are enlarged or swollen veins on the legs or feet, which are caused by damage to the valves in the deep veins of the leg. These are usually purple or blue in colour and are often twisting, bulging or lumpy in appearance.

You may not be conscious of any problems caused by your varicose veins, but often they can be troublesome. They may cause your legs to feel aching, heavy or uncomfortable, and your feet or ankles may swell. The skin over these veins can be thin, and feel dry or itchy. There may be a throbbing or burning feeling in your legs, and muscle cramps may be a problem.

Varicose veins are caused by a weakening in the walls and valves of the deep veins of the leg. The valves which usually prevent back-flow of blood as it flows towards the heart become leaky and blood flows backwards. It’s not well understood as to why this happens, but there are some things can increase the chance that you will develop varicose veins.


Some reasons why people develop varicose veins

Being female


Being obese


Being older


Having a close relative with varicose veins


Being pregnant


Standing for long periods eg during your work