Varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue.
Varicose veins affect nearly one in every two individuals around the world, causing unattractive cords and twists beneath the skin, dark, visible veins, and in the most severe cases, pain and swelling that makes living a normal life a true challenge. Varicose veins take place for a variety of reasons, including genetic predispositions to vein wall issues, obesity, pregnancy, and strenuous occupations that require ample time spent on the feet each day. While there are at-home remedies prescribed to help ease the discomfort associated with varicose veins, some turn to professional help when symptoms reach a debilitating level. Surgery, foam sclerotherapy, and endovenous laser treatment are all options for the treatment of varicose veins, but each has advantages and risks that should be considered prior to selecting one over another as the optimal course of treatment.
Varicose veins often affect the legs, since they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upward.