Varicose veins affect around 30% of adults in the UK, and despite them being a common condition with no serious health implications, their unpleasant appearance can make them an unwanted visitor. As a leading skin + vein clinic in Harley Street Kuer Clinics have helped countless women and men find the treatment they need to say goodbye to varicose veins for good, but how exactly do varicose veins develop and what treatment options are available?
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins appear when the affected veins become swollen and enlarged. Generally these veins take on a dark purple appearance and can be lumpy and twisted making affected areas uncomfortable and heavy. The swelling in these small veins is usually down to the lack of valve function which disrupts the flow of blood to the heart.
Varicose veins affect people of all ages, but are particularly common in pregnant women, those classed as overweight or older individuals.
Do I have varicose veins?
It is generally the appearance of varicose veins that give them away but there are other symptoms that can aid the diagnosis of this uncomfortable condition. Swelling, burning or throbbing in the feet, ankles and legs is particularly common amongst people with varicose veins. The skin surrounding the affected veins can also become thin and dry, whilst muscle cramps can also occur as a result of the condition.
Heavy and uncomfortable feelings in the legs are also common symptoms, and you may find that these symptoms worsen during the warmer months and if you have been standing for a particularly long period of time.
Seeking treatment for varicose veins
Visiting a private skin + vein clinic will ensure you have access to the treatment you need, regardless of the severity of your condition. Your vein specialist may also recommend the use of compression stockings, regular exercise, periods of rest if you are on your feet for a long period or elevation when resting to ease symptoms further.