Over 3 million adults in the U.S. are affected by varicose veins every year. These are swollen veins that usually occur in the legs and the feet. The affected veins often appear bluish/purplish because they contain the deoxygenated blood.
The Most Common Causes
There are different causes of varicose veins. Some of the most common include:
Our veins lose their elasticity as we age, causing them to stretch. On top of that, there can also be age-related weakness in the valves, causing the blood to flow backward. This causes the blood to pool in the veins, eventually causing them to swell.
During pregnancy, there is an increased in the total blood volume in the body but a decrease in the flow of the blood from the legs to the pelvis. This change in blood flow is designed to help the growing fetus. However, this has an undesirable side effect – varicose veins.
- Prolonged sitting or standing
Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time can compromise blood flow. This is why varicose veins are common in those with jobs that require standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Family history
A family history of varicose veins puts you at greater risk of developing these enlarged veins.
Treating Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are not life-threatening, but they can cause discomfort like heavy sensation on the affected extremity, pain, itchiness, and discoloration.
If you’re tired of living with varicose veins, we can help. Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville offers free vein screenings to determine what treatment is best for you condition. And with the help of our dedicated staff, we can restore your healthy legs!