Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are abnormal dilations of the veins that are commonly inherited from a parent but can spontaneously arise without a family history. Varicose veins can emerge from a precious injury to the leg and are often visible, for example, where one has been bit by a hockey ball. Varicose veins can occur with pregnancy, overweight or following a blood clot in the legs (known as deep vein thrombosis). Additionally, varicose veins can form part of a medical syndrome. Previous surgery can exacerbate the condition further, causing neovascularisation.

Why are Varicose Veins a problem?

Varicose veins lead to the circulation of ‘stale’ blood, as the blood from your legs back to your heart does not clear completely. As a result, the pH, CO2, O2, minerals, calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine are not converted back into a muscle friendly form by the lungs, liver and kidneys. This causes the major discomfort that is associated with the condition, and elevates the risk of: ulcers, damage to the veins and vein valves, blood clots. Varicose veins have a cosmetic unsightliness, which may affect the self-esteem of the patient.