The most beneficial exercise to prevent varicose veins is walking.
Although rarely serious, varicose veins can be distressing and feel very uncomfortable.
And as one in three people develop the unsightly blue or purple bulging veins in their legs, it’s worth knowing what causes them and how to treat them.
The problem veins can occur at any age, even adolescence, when valves in the leg or pelvic veins don’t work properly. After reaching the foot, blood needs to travel back up the legs to the heart, and the valves are designed to open and close one way to let the blood flow, and to stop it going backwards. But if the tiny valves are weakened or damaged, blood pools in the veins, causing them to stretch and bulge – sometimes visibly through the skin as a varicose vein.
The veins look blue because they contain deoxygenated blood on its way back to the lungs to be reoxygenated.
Currently, a wide variety of minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins are available.