Why Do Varicose Veins Occur Mostly In The Legs?

You’ve probably noticed that you typically see varicose veins on the legs instead of other parts of the body, but you may not know why this is. After all, it would seem that any of the veins in your body could be susceptible to weakening and strain, which is two of the primary reasons for why varicose veins develop. However, there’s actually a simple reason why the veins in your legs are more likely to develop this unsightly and uncomfortable condition.

Varicose veins are typically found on the ankles and legs, and can cause discomfort and pain in additions to interfering with walking and other physical activities. Problems with the veins in the legs is a fairly common condition. According to the Office on Women’s Health, which is pat of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, abnormal leg veins aren’t at all unusual. In fact, between 50 and 55 percent of women and between 40 and 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from varicose veins. Plus half of people age 50 and older develop the condition.

Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves in the veins, something that can occur because of age, medical issues, being overweight, or sitting and standing for extended periods of time. The reason they develop primarily in the legs instead of other parts of the body is due to gravity. The veins in the legs are under more strain than veins in other parts of the body, because they carry blood from the feet to the heart, which is the longest distance that blood has to travel in the body. The leg veins are under a great deal of pressure from the weight of the body and the distance they must transport blood. This is one reason why they’re especially likely to weaken. If they can’t withstand the pressure of transporting blood between the feet and the heart, they may begin to fail, a condition called venous insufficiency. This can cause a backflow of blood that can cause the veins to enlarge, twist, bulge and swell.

While varicose veins aren’t always serious, they can be a symptom of something more serious such a deep vein thrombosis. Plus, if you suffer from insufficiency, as the condition progresses it can cause complications such as hardening of the skin, ulcers and more. That’s why it’s important to seek prompt and thorough medical treatment if you notice you’re beginning to develop varicose veins.

At Alpha Vein Clinic, we understand the complex causes behind venous insufficiency and varicose veins, and have extensive experience treating these conditions. Book an appointment today for a complete medical evaluation and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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