Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency
Varicose veins are dark blue or purple veins that bulge beneath your skin and can be found in you legs, thighs and ankles. Even people without visible varicose veins may have venous insufficiency also.
Varicose veins can cause your legs to experience:
- Leg Heaviness or Tiredness
- Leg Swelling
- Leg Ulcers
- Leg Cramping
- Itchy Skin
- Bulging Veins
- Skin Color and Texture Changes
Varicose veins form when your veins weaken and the valves in your veins stop working properly. Healthy veins have valves that normally function to push the blood from you legs back up to your heart and then close to prevent blood from falling back down. When the valves stop-working blood is not pushed back up to your heart and instead pools down to your legs causing dilation of your veins making them bulge and raise the skin surface making the veins more visible.
If these veins are left untreated the disease will progress and cause significant complications. Many people seek treatment for these veins for symptom relief and to improve the appearance of the varicose veins.