Why Did You Get Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often appear as a raised bump in the skin’s surface. There are plenty of reasons why varicose veins occur, including:
- Weakened veins
- Poor blood flow
- Wear and tear over the course of many years
- Family history (varicose veins run in the family)
- Sitting or standing for significant amounts of time
What Symptoms Do Varicose Veins Cause?
Varicose veins are surprisingly common; in fact, it’s estimated that more than a third of the population suffers from varicose veins. While sometimes they are only a cosmetic concern, the majority of people experience a wide array of leg problems as a result of their varicose veins, including:
- Restless legs (especially at night)
- Cramps – day or night time
- Skin discoloration (mostly around the vein)
These leg problems often occur because the vein isn’t encouraging healthy blood flow. In fact, some varicose veins can even lead to an increased risk for blood clots, as the blood finds it difficult to flow through the enlarged, twisted vein.