What goes down must come up, in our circulatory systems anyway!
can occur anywhere in the body, but they’re most common in the legs. Normally, blood that has traveled all the way down to the feet returns toward the heart, in defiance of gravity, with the aid of a system of valves in the veins. But if a valve is defective or a portion of the vein wall is weak, de-oxygenated blood accumulates in that area, creating the familiar blue bulge called
Varicose veins are formed because of a defect in the way the vein is made initially, during our development. Once it stretches beyond where the valves can meet, the blood is free to flow backwards in the wrong direction. Experts are not sure why the walls of veins stretch or why the valves become faulty. In many cases, it occurs for no clear reason.
Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
In the majority of cases, there is no pain. Signs may include:
- Swollen and lumpy (bulging) veins
- Veins are blue or dark purple
Some patients may also experience:
- Aching legs
- Legs feel heavy
- A minor injury
- Swollen ankles
- Shiny skin discoloration near the varicose veins, usually brownish or blue in color
- Red, dry and itchy skin
- Leg cramps when suddenly standing up
- Restless legs syndrome
The following risk factors are linked to a higher risk of having varicose veins:
- Gender – females are more prone to varicose veins than males
- Long-standing jobs
Varicose vein doctors suggest improving your diet is one small step you can take toward managing spider veins and overall vein health. The doctor at AVLC is passionate about helping you live a happy and pain free life. AVLC offers the top vein clinic in Chicago including
spider vein treatments
. With over 18 years of spider vein experience and advanced vein care, we are ready to help you find relief today. If you want more information about varicose vein treatment in Chicago, call 847. 367. 4040 or
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