Veins and arteries work in sync to transport blood throughout your body. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and out to the body tissues, while veins move the blood back to your heart once your body tissue has used the oxygen. Within your veins, valves open and close to prevent blood from flowing backwards.
When these valves are compromised, blood pools and pressure builds within the vein. This causes veins to twist, distend, enlarge, and malfunction further. The result is
Lincolnshire’s leading vein clinic
, Advanced Vein and Laser,
know there are many things that cause varicose veins and the leg pain that comes with it. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Prolonged Standing – standing still for long periods of time makes it difficult for blood to return to the heart, as gravity works to pull it down
- Heredity – a family history of varicose veins in Lincolnshire patients
- Pregnancy – estrogen causes muscles and veins to dilate, while increased blood volume creates pressure, both of which can result in varicose veins and/or spider veins. These typically decrease in size shortly after pregnancy; however, they do worsen with successive pregnancies.
Past History of
Deep Vein Thrombosis
– Previous vein obstruction can result in back flow and increased pressure, damaging your valves
- Obesity – added body weight puts pressure on your veins
- Lack of Physical Activity – when you remain stationary, blood pools in the veins and puts pressure on, and ultimately damages, the valves
To minimize the appearance of varicose veins and
(damaged veins that are smaller and closer to the surface), and to prevent their progression throughout your body, vein doctors in Lincolnshire recommend regular exercise, compression therapy (i.e. graduated compression stockings), elevating your legs, and taking breaks from jobs that require constant standing.
If you have questions about the causes or treatments for varicose and spider veins, please contact Advanced Vein and Laser Centre.
Our vein doctor is Lincolnshire’s finest
, and would be happy to discuss our many innovative procedures with you. Call 847.367.4040 or
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to speak with a leg pain specialist today.