Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted blood vessels that bulge from the skin and can cause aching and pain. Untreated varicose veins can also lead to chronic skin ulcers and blood clots. These damaged veins are caused by broken valves within the vessels that allow backward blood flow. The blood then pools in the vein and causes its enlargement. Varicose veins most commonly occur in the legs.
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Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Do you suffer from any of the following common symptoms listed below?
- Pain in the legs
- Swelling in the legs
- Tired legs
- Heaviness in the legs
- Aching in the legs
- Discoloration of the skin around the foot or ankle
- Night time leg cramps
- Restless Leg Syndrome: People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) experience discomfort, aching, cramping, itching, tingling, or agitation in their legs that causes an uncontrollable urge to move them.
- Ulcer: A venous ulcer appears as a shallow wound in the skin and is typically located on the lower leg between the calf and the ankle. The wound takes a long time to heal and often recurs if treatment is not performed.
These issues may be indications of venous insufficiency, which is a condition that can cause a variety of symptoms in the legs. This condition is characterized by weak or malfunctioning valves in the veins that allow blood to flow in the wrong direction.