Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis.
In some cases, varicose veins can lead to ulcers or sores on your legs, blood clots, or chronic inflammation.
Bulging veins in comedy go back to Sid Caesar in the 1950s. But varicose veins are a different story. They can be painful and disfiguring.
Veins carry blood back to the heart after oxygen is delivered to your cells. They accomplish their mission by using valves that open and close, keeping blood headed in the right direction.
But if those valves weaken, blood can back up and pool, causing swollen, twisted veins.
If you notice them on your calves or thighs, there are ways to ease the pain and stop them from getting worse: