Often associated with the aging process, varicose veins can actually be a problem at any stage of life. These are twisted and enlarged veins that lie just below the surface of the skin. They usually develop at the ankles, calves, or upper portion of the legs. Although varicose veins are largely an aesthetic issue, there are times when they may indicate a more serious problem. For many people, understanding the common causes of varicose veins is key for dealing with them.
Why Varicose Veins Develop
These twisted, gnarled and often discolored veins are the result of weakened veins and valves throughout the legs. When the veins are functioning like they should, one-way valves ensure that blood flow is continually routed upwards and towards the heart. As the valves break down, however, blood can begin to leak back into and pool within the veins. As pressure builds, the veins begin to further weaken and often become twisted and large.
Varicose Veins and Pregnancy
While many people develop these veins in the later stages of life and after the circulatory system has sustained a considerable amount of wear, some women find themselves struggling with this issue during the mid and later stages of their pregnancies. Throughout gestation, women have a greater volume of blood in their bodies. Unfortunately, this occurs at a time when the volume of blood flowing from their legs to their pelvis is significantly decreased. The increased volume of the blood in the legs causes the veins to swell and become enlarged.
Prolonged Periods of Sitting and Standing
If you spend the majority of your day sitting at a desk, you have a much higher risk of developing varicose veins than does someone who maintains a more active lifestyle. The muscle contractions that occur in active legs help the body effectively route blood to the heart. Prolonged periods of sitting impede proper blood flow in the lower extremities. This is all the more true when people routinely cross their legs while sitting. Crossing the legs positions the hips in such a way that blood has a much harder time reaching its destination. This is good motivation for those with desk jobs to get up, stretch, and move around, at least once each hour.
Standing in a relatively fixed position isn’t good for your vein health either. Although people who stand for the majority of their work days aren’t likely to cross their legs, they’re rarely engaging in the type of physical movements that help move blood upwards. People who stand upright while engaging in very little movement throughout the majority of their work days are often encouraged to wear compression stockings. These stockings can prevent the blood from pooling. This is especially important to do if you already have spider veins, inflamed or discolored veins, or a family history of these issues.
Dealing with Your Varicose Veins
The good news is there are often ways for people to minimize their risk of developing varicose veins, just as there are safe and effective treatments available at Rejuveination in Cincinnati for reversing this condition. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.