What are varicose veins?
They are bluish prominent veins on the legs, often associated with discoloured skin around the ankles. This is often dismissed as a result of aging, weakness and having skinny feet, but it’s actually a condition called varicose veins.
Who are prone to develop this?
People who have jobs which require them to stand for long durations.
What are the symptoms?
Heaviness, pain, swelling or a burning sensation in the feet.Often, the skin over the veins begin to itch, leading to bleeding, ulcers and disfigurement.
What causes them to develop?
The veins in the feet have to work extra hard as compared to veins in the rest of the body to pump blood against the force of gravity . There are valves in the veins which regulate the amount of blood flowing from the feet to the heart. In people with weak valves, blood start gathering in the veins, which in turn become blue, bloated, twisted and prominent under the skin.
How are varicose veins treated?
A Doppler Test confirms the disease. A very mild intensity disease may require regular use of compression stockings to augment the flow of blood, while others can opt for surgical options. Small tubes that emit radiofrequency or laser are inserted in the affected vein, the diseased veins are destroyed and subsequently disappear. The veins deeper in the legs and feet take on the functions once the varicose veins are removed. The residual disease is treated by injecting foam. The procedure doesn’t require any cuts and the patient can walk and return to hisher daily life from the next day .