Do you suffer from unattractive, painful and swollen legs?
Varicose veins are a frequently occurring condition with up to 40% of women and 20% of men likely to suffer from symptoms such as fatigue, pain and swelling of the lower limbs. Soft tissue breakdown leading to ulceration can result if left untreated.
If you have unattractive, enlarged blue or purple veins on the thigh or calf, this indicates the symptoms of venous disease. These are known as varicose veins.
You may also suffer from cosmetically unappealing spider veins. These too can cause concern as you may feel compromised in your attractiveness and quality of life owing to the existence of these highly visible, small veins on your legs.
What are varicose veins?
The medical term for varicose veins is varices or venous insufficiency. The key function of the venous system is to transport deoxygenated blood from the various organs & parts of the body back to the heart. In healthy veins, valves located within the veins prevent the venous blood from returning back down the leg. When these valves no longer function correctly the vein is termed ‘incompetent’ and venous blood collects in the veins, causing them to enlarge.
The result is visible ‘varicose veins’ that are the cause of the pain, swelling & discomfort you may feel in your lower limbs. This is an indication of malfunction of the venous system and should be investigated by a vascular specialist to help prevent potentially more serious problems arising later.