Varicose veins are quite a common problem. According to the US National Library of Medicine, it is estimated that about 20% of all adults will get varicose veins at some point in their lives.
In this condition, abnormally enlarged veins appear close to the surface of the skin.
These usually occur in the calves and thighs when the veins develop weakened walls or poorly functioning valves, which regulate blood flow.
Although this problem is more common in older people, young people may also develop varicose veins. Chronic venous insufficiency and mild varicose veins are more common in men than women.
Varicose veins occur when veins aren’t functioning properly, and they can be due to several reasons, such as:
- Age (over 50)
- A family history of the condition
- Standing for prolonged periods
It also commonly affects middle-aged males required to work standing for prolonged hours.(3)
Other common factors contributing to varicose veins are:
- Use of birth control pills
- Hormonal changes in the body
- A sedentary lifestyle
Even a previous leg injury may damage the valves in a vein, which can result in varicosity. Continue reading on the next page