If you suffer from varicose veins, you probably wonder how this happened to you. One day, these bulging, twisting veins appeared on your legs and they won’t go away. Varicose veins and spider veins are common problems that affect both men and women. Women are victims of this condition more often, but it can happen to anyone.
When it comes to why you have varicose veins, it’s a problem with the valves in your veins, something going on inside that you can’t possibly see until they rise to the surface of your skin. In some cases, your varicose veins are hidden deep within, but they may still cause discomfort. To get to the bottom of what you can do about your problematic veins, you need to understand them.
The Valves in Your Veins Stop Doing Their Job
Your circulatory system is intricate and amazing. When everything is working at optimal levels, your arteries carry your blood away from your heart and your veins bring the blood back on a return trip. There are valves inside all of your veins. Think of them like a shut-off valve. As your blood passes through your veins, the valves shut to ensure that the blood doesn’t start flowing backwards. It will continue on its journey to your heart and the cycle continues. If you have a varicose vein, the valve in that vein has stopped working. This results in blood that flows back into the vein and collects there, making it bulge.
Why Do You Have Varicose Veins?
There are a variety of reasons why you could have varicose veins. They may run in your family or you may have been born with weak veins that are more susceptible to problems. You may be overweight, putting excessive strain on your veins. This especially holds true for the veins in your legs. You could be out of shape, which means your legs are weaker than they should be. Weak legs will result in weak veins, making it harder for the blood to continue on through your body.
What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?
There are a variety of treatment options that can help you to get rid of varicose veins. You can also wear compression stockings, start exercising and lose weight. An active lifestyle is one of the best ways to keep your body strong. Your circulatory system will be strong as well and it will do its job.
Talk to Our Physicians About Solutions for Your Veins
If varicose veins are troubling you, our physicians at Premier Vein Institute can help you find an answer for your problem. We will review your health records and discuss lifestyle changes that can help you to manage your condition. You can also learn about your alternatives to remove your varicose veins. Ask about steps you can take to avoid them in the future. We have offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Riverview and Lakeland. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.