Varicose veins are swollen, twisted and sometimes painful veins. They are commonly found on the insides of the legs between the groin and the ankle, and at the back of the calf. These veins appear bluish and are close to the surface of the skin.

Varicose veins

Normally the veins are taut. However, if the blood flow is too sluggish, the veins slowly get dilated and tortuous in order to accommodate more blood in the lumen. Another possible reason is that the valves in the vein do not function properly and the blood leaks down with gravity and collects in the veins of the legs, although it may also occur in other parts of the body. The cause of piles (or hemorrhoids) around the anus is also due to varicosity of veins around the anus.

Varicose veins can be inherited and if there is a strong predisposition in your family, this may be the most influential risk of all. It is believed that up to 15% adults in the western world are affected by this condition. Varicose veins are more likely to occur in women than in men.

The doctor diagnoses the condition by looking at the typical appearance of the swollen and tortuous veins. Sometimes a venogram (X-ray of the vein) or duplex ultrasound may be advised to find out the underlying cause.

The treatment of varicose veins aims at improving the blood flow back up to the heart. This can be achieved by simple conservative measures like elevation of the leg, exercising regularly and wearing elastic support stockings. In severe cases of varicose veins, stripping or vein removal may be performed. Sclerotherapy is usually performed for cosmetic purposes.

Varicose veins tend to get worse with time. One can ease discomfort and slow varicose veins from getting worse by taking good care of them.

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Sindhu1 Friday, April 3, 2015

Thank you for sharing good information. My sister also suffered from Varicose veins. We consulted many hospitals but nothing helped in diagnosing completely.After we went to Interventional Radiology and my sister is completely diagnosed now.
Thank you

WarrenBoss Friday, October 11, 2013

If you have gotten the varicose vein symptoms, do not try to deal with them with the use of your own decided medicines. Rather, going to better doctors for Varicose Vein Treatment would be better for you.

udit90 Saturday, August 4, 2012

hello, my mother is suffering from severe varicosity.she is vegetarian and diabetic.so help me out for her treatment using physiotherapeutic and exercise intervention. thanks

Maryann60 Tuesday, March 17, 2009

After many tests resulted in no diagnosis for the pain in her right side, my 40 year old daughter underwent a laproscopy(spelling?), and was told that she has vericose veins wrapping around a section of her intestines. They look like black tentacles encircling this area. The doctor said she had never personally seen this condition, so my daughter is waiting for a consultation with another doctor. I can find nothing on the internet about this condition.

Aashims Agrawal Wednesday, November 19, 2008

plz provide relevent information regarding physiotherapy treatment of varicose veins.

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