What causes varicose veins

If you have had or currently have varicose veins, you will know that they can be quite unpleasant and even painful when untreated, but what causes varicose veins?

If you think you may be suffering from varicose veins but are uncertain, it’s important to seek advice from a health care professional. In the meantime, common symptoms of varicose veins can include;

  • Bulging and/or twisting veins
  • Blue or dark purple coloured veins, most common in the legs
  • Chronic achy, heavy or sore legs
  • Swollen legs – sometimes accompanied by a burning sensation, throbbing and
    muscle cramping
  • Skin ulcers or localized skin hardening
  • Pain as a result of lengthy periods of sitting or standing
  • Itching around protruding veins
  • Redness and discolouration of veins

What causes varicose veins can vary. They range greatly from heredity, ageing and pregnancy to obesity, menopause, pressure on the midsection and the more commonly known, sitting or standing for long periods of time.

It has been suggested that, as a result of the increasing popularity of ‘stand-up-desks,’ a higher number of office workers are presenting at their GP with varicose veins and similar ailments. With lack of movement being one of the conditions’ more common causes, this is no great surprise to most.

Whether you are standing or sitting for hours at a time, this lack of movement can cause the one-way valves in the veins of your legs to weaken. They weaken as a result of calf muscles not contracting when legs and feet are moving. Ordinarily, the calf muscle assists these veins with one way valves getting blood to the heart, working against gravity, and helps to stop blood from pooling. When movement ceases, blood pools and varicose veins can occur.

Vascular health should therefore be a top priority for people in occupations like;

  • Nurses, doctors, surgeons
  • Office workers
  • Hairdressers
  • Massage therapists
  • Chefs, kitchen staff, baristas
  • Commercial drivers
  • Retailers
  • Teachers, lecturers and tutors

As changing one’s profession is probably not an option and altering the way things are done at work can sometimes be very difficult, people within the aforementioned professions should consider; wearing compression stockings, avoiding high heels, trying to raise legs and avoiding crossing them when in a sitting position, maintaining a healthy weight to relieve extra pressure on veins and taking part in regular exercise. Prevention is naturally the preferred option, but if you already have unsightly or painful varicose veins, you have seen your GP and have concluded that your veins need treatment, contact the team at Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic today! They are highly skilled and qualified to conduct varicose vein treatment and removal procedures and are highly regarded in their field.

Contact us online or call 02 9906 1555 to discuss leg vein treatments, varicose vein removal, vein surgery and more.