Varicose Veins

You may already know what Varicose Veins look like, but what are they really? How do they affect your Health? More than just bulging blue Veins, Varicose Veins are a symptom of Poor Circulation in the Legs. Keep reading to find out more about Varicose Veins and what you can do to banish them.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose Veins are large, often twisted-looking Veins that protrude from under the Skin. The enlarged Veins are usually very blue in colour. Sometimes the Skin surrounding a Varicose Vein can appear thin and transparent. Some of the most common symptoms of Varicose Veins are:
  • Heavy, Tired or Aching Legs.
  • Swollen Feet or Ankles.
  • Itchy Skin over the Vein.
There are a few other symptoms associated with Varicose Veins that could indicate the presence of a more serious condition like:
  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Skin Discolouration.
Most commonly found in the Legs and Ankles, Varicose Veins usually aren’t serious, but you should speak to your Doctor if you’ve been experiencing a significant amount of Pain or Swelling in your Legs.

What causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose Veins are the result of weakened Blood Valves and Veins in your Legs. When Veins and Valves are weak, they can’t move Blood towards your Heart effectively. This can cause Blood pooling, which then increases the pressure in your Veins. As Blood and Pressure builds up, the Veins become enlarged, misshapen and weak. Several factors contribute to the development of Varicose Veins, some that you can control and some that you can’t:
  • Genetics. The condition tends to run in the family.
  • Aging. Everyone’s risk of developing Varicose Veins increases naturally with age.
  • Being Overweight. Added weight can increase pressure on your Veins.
  • Pregnancy. The risk of developing Varicose Veins increases with each pregnancy.
  • Extended periods of Standing or Sitting. Both Standing and Sitting, especially when you sit cross-legged, can put added pressure on your Leg Veins.

What is the Treatment for Varicose Veins?

Luckily, there are a couple of things that you can do to decrease the appearance of Varicose Veins. Decreasing the pressure you put on your Legs will help your Varicose Veins to fade over time. The most effective treatments are:
  • Elevating your Legs. Lay on your Back and prop your Feet up high enough so that they are above your Heart to get the best results.
  • Avoid long periods of Sitting or Standing. Try to switch your position for a few minutes every hour.
  • Orthotics Wearing Shoes with proper Arch Supports can greatly reduce the pressure on the Veins in your Legs.
  • Wear Compression Socks or Stockings. Visit a Foot Specialist in Toronto, like The Foot Clinic, to get fitted for a pair of Compression Socks or Stockings. Compression Therapy works by increasing the Circulation in your Legs and reducing the pressure on your Veins. In particular, Compression Socks or Stockings help to push your Blood back up your Legs to your Heart.
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