Category Archives: Varicose Veins
Friends or family members may have told you to wear compression stockings when flying, sitting or standing for long periods of time or generally to improve your circulation and vein health. You may have seen cheap compression socks in the grocery store or pharmacy. You may have also seen very expensive compression stockings that are custom fit to the purchaser’s needs. So, which one is useful and are there any drawbacks or risks of using compression stockings?
As we age, the risk of developing varicose veins increases. In fact, most people over the age of 60 will develop varicose veins at some point in their lives. True, we all want to stay young and many of us act young, but ultimately our true age catches up to us. Varicose veins are no exception. As with most bodily functions, veins become weaker with age and are prone to stretching and enlarging. Despite their prevalence, the risks of varicose veins can be reduced through commonsense, easy lifestyle changes. Here are the three hard and fast rules for avoiding their development.
Varicose veins are unsightly and often uncomfortable twisted and bulging veins, normally found in the legs. There are a number of risk factors for varicose veins including excess weight, heredity and, the topic of this blog – pregnancy. Varicose veins are typically harmless during pregnancy but should be evaluated by a vein specialist to ensure there are no serious underlying issues.
When we experience mild leg pain, we often associate it with muscle strain or overuse. Oftentimes, that’s exactly what it is, and the pain goes away within a few days or a week with rest and proper care. However, recurring or persistent pain, especially in the legs, can be a sign of varicose veins. Most people associate varicose veins only with unsightly bulging and knotted veins under the skin. While this is the primary and most obvious symptom, pain does occur in some cases.