What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins affect an estimated 40% of women and 25% of men. They generally appear as twisted, gnarled, or bulging rope-like cords on the legs. They occur anywhere from the groin to the ankle. Factors leading to varicose veins include: heredity, gender, pregnancy and age. Some factors may escalate the development of vein disease. These include prolonged standing, obesity, hormone levels and physical trauma.
Varicose Veins Symptoms
In addition to the visual appearance, patients may experience one or more of the following leg symptoms:
- Varicose vein pain, aching or cramping in the legs
- Burning or tingling sensations
- Tender areas around the veins
- Phlebitis (Inflammation)
- Blood Clots (e.g. DVT)
- Ankle sores, Venous Stasis or skin ulcers