Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins.
Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in legs & feet, due to standing & walking increasing the pressure in the veins of the lower body.
For some folks varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. While for others they cause pain & discomfort. For some people they can lead to more serious problems.
1) self-care measures – such as elevating ones legs for temporary relief & wearing support hose
2) medical procedures to close or remove veins.
I found it interesting that women are more likely to face dealing with varicose veins than men are.
Other factors in the probabliity of one developing varicose vein concerns are pregnancy, obesity, menopause, aging, prolonged standing, leg injury, & abdominal straining.
One source stated that varicose veins are not caused by crossing the legs or ankles. That surprised this gal - it was the first time I read/heard differently from the long standing thought that crossing ones legs was not a good idea, for those with a tendency toward varicose veins.
And from a recent program that I was listening to: Being overweight is a huge risk factor for varicose veins. When weight is dropped the veins may continue to be extended; however, the weight drop will certainly stop more varicose veins from developing.
Their tips to prevent or improve the condition already in progress:
1) Lose weight.
2) Do not cross your legs.
I have also heard/read that those who deal with varicose veins should not ride bicycles. I believe that was due to the excessive pumping of the blood in the legs during such activity.