Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur when small valves inside the vessels stop working properly. These valves are normally responsible for guiding the blood inside the vein in a singular direction, back to the heart. When the valve doesn’t work properly, blood can reflux back into the vessel leading to swelling and varicosity.
Varicose veins commonly appear in the lower legs, because these vessels must push blood back up the body, against gravity and the body’s own weight. This makes these veins more susceptible to damage over time. Once the damage occurs, pressure in the vein builds up, causing the vein to swell. The problem can continue to worsen, leading to painful symptoms and even changes to the skin around the vessel.
It’s not just cosmetic. It’s a chronic medical issue that just gets worse, in both men and women. A 45 minute treatment can prevent:
• Leg pain, aching or cramping
• Leg heaviness and fatigue
• Ulcers, open wounds or sores
• Chronic leg or ankle swelling
• Skin thickening and turning brown
• Injuries that won’t heal
Some varicose veins appear as bulging, twisting ropes protruding from the skin’s surface. But patients can also experience symptoms without visible signs of varicose veins. Even if the varicose veins are not visible, they can worsen over time and become a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. The good news is there are numerous non-surgical treatments for varicose veins today that allow us to eliminate uncomfortable veins with minimal disruption to your daily life.