Varicose veins most commonly occur in people who stand or sit for prolonged periods of time throughout their day. While standing or sitting itself doesn’t actually cause vein disease, it’s definitely a contributing factor to the development of varicose veins and spider veins. Veins have one-way valves that pump a person’s blood throughout the body from the arms and legs into the heart. Weak, compromised or damaged vein valves can no longer push blood efficiently back to into the heart, leading to pooling within the veins.
Gravity plays a major part in contributing to varicose veins because it forces everything down and causes blood to pool in the thighs, calves and ankles. Additionally, standing on hard, unforgiving surfaces like concrete, hardwood and tile while wearing shoes that may not offer enough support or stability contributes to leg fatigue, swelling and vein disease.
Symptoms and signs of varicose veins
- Dark purple or blue veins that are visible on the skin
- Twisted or engorged veins in the lower extremities
- Swelling in the lower legs followed by burning and throbbing sensations
- Discomfort after sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time
- Inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near the ankle
Easing the symptoms of varicose veins
Though treatment is required to eliminate varicose veins completely, there are many ways you can ease the discomfort on your own. Home treatments are recommended for those with uncomplicated varicose veins that aren’t causing other, more serious, vein problems. Ways to ease symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Wear support hose or compression stockings
- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight
- Elevate your legs after prolonged standing or sitting
- Avoid standing or sitting in one place as much as possible
The team at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic is renowned for their excellence in performing minimally invasive laser vein treatments. If you’d like to eliminate painful, bulging and swollen varicose veins, call Dr. Rimas Gilvydis today at 855-591-1357 to schedule your first consultation.