Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible under the skin. At their worst, they look like bunches of grapes lying beneath the skin and at their least severe they can take the form of thread veins (also known as spider veins), which are smaller and do not protrude from the skin. Any superficial vein can become varicose or develop into a thread vein if the blood does not flow through the venous system quickly enough, and the thin walls surrounding the veins stretch. Symptoms usually associated with varicose veins can be present without obviously visible varicosities, but as a result of poor blood flow through the superficial venous system in your legs which can also be the cause of visible veins.
Some symptoms associated with varicose and thread veins can include:
+ Heavy or aching legs: an unusual feeling of weight in the legs is an indication that something is not normal; heavy legs can be accompanied by soreness, tenderness to the touch, and swelling + Cramping: an abnormal cramping and/or throbbing in your legs can be a sign that the blood is pooling in the veins and not circulating around your legs as it should + Itchy and/or Flaky Skin: this symptom can sometimes be mistaken for dry skin, but if you are experiencing chronic itchiness and flaky skin on your lower leg it may be because of varicose veins + Swollen Ankles: If you are suffering from varicose veins you may experience swelling in your ankles due to the effects of static blood in your legs.
For most people, varicose veins are usually an aesthetic problem as well as a medical one. Consult your doctor if you need help and advice for varicose veins, or if you have concerns about the impact of varicose veins on your health.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be painful and may even cause swelling of the ankles. They typically form in the legs and are caused by malfunctioning vein valves, which don’t allow the blood to flow backwards. As a result, superficial veins carrying high-pressure blood from the deeper system become affected.