Varicose veins, also known as varicosities, occur when your veins become enlarged, dilated, and overfilled with blood. Common symptoms include: pain, itching, swelling, burning, leg heaviness or tiredness, skin discoloration, muscle cramps, claudication (difficulty walking), numbness, restless leg syndrome, and weakness.
The condition is very common, especially in women. Around 25 percent of all adults have varicose veins.
Potential Causes include:
• Age over 50
• Standing for long periods of time
• Family history of varicose veins
Varicose veins are not merely a painful annoyance, but a sign of a serious medical condition, affecting your entire circulatory system, your health, your ability to work productively and ability to enjoy your lifestyle. Varicose veins can be both visible and invisible. Though they may not be visible on the surface of the leg, they can easily be seen by vascular ultrasound.