1 in 5 Canadians suffer from Varicose Veins.

The cause of Varicose veins is not really known however it can happen when the superficial veins in the legs are in trouble.

Some of the symptoms of Varicose veins in the lower extremities are pain, tingling, numbness, and a feeling of pressure. The veins may appear to be swollen or have a blue colour or purple squiggly looking strands.

Our veins work against gravity to send blood back to the heart through their valves. If the valves are not functioning to full capacity, blood can collect or pool in them. This can cause them to enlarge or dilate permanently. Standing or sitting for long periods, pregnancy, age, hereditary factors, and some health conditions can cause V.V. to worsen or develop in the first place.

Treatment is imperative because V.V can cause damage. As they progress, they may cause swelling, skin conditions, blood clots (thrombosis), and even ulcers that won’t heal.

Wearing compression socks is a great preventative solution. These help by using a bit of force to push the blood back to the heart more efficiently, reducing the risk.

Varicose veins cannot be cured but there are many treatments available.