The blotchy, discolored sight of varicose veins can keep any of us from wanting to show off our legs. We even took care of our feet, wearing orthotics and massaging our calves. Still, “the veins” showed up and now, it’s hard enough to wear shorts, let alone a bathing suit. What causes varicose veins? Is there a safe way to get rid of them?

Causes of varicose veins

Varicose veins can be caused by a variety of health reasons and familial factors. Unfortunately, you may be already susceptible to developing varicose veins because of a heart or blood flow condition in your family. (NHS) If your mother had varicose veins, there’s a good chance you inherited those genes from her as well.

Do you spend a lot of time on your feet? Jobs that require long hours of standing or walking, such as being a nurse, teacher, or hair stylist, put excessive pressure on the arteries and muscles in our legs. (Johns Hopkins Medicine) This can cause weakening or damaging of the arterial valves in your legs and subsequently, varicose veins.

As with the added pressure of standing all day, obesity can also create the same tension and potential damage leading to varicose veins. This is one of the many reasons to consider a weight management regimen to stay at a healthy body weight as you age. Obesity carries significant health risks with each passing year and you need to be around for those you love in the years to come.

If you have a history of blood clots, you may be at a much higher risk of developing varicose veins. Varicose veins can also be a sign of potential heart risks down the road associated with blood clots. (News Medical) At the first sign of varicose veins, talk with your primary care physician about your history and what symptoms to be alert for in your future.

Our ReVital care team is equipped with exceptional medical solutions for treating varicose veins. We’re trained and experienced in Invisi-Vein Procedures to help reduce the appearance and effect of varicose veins. If you’re suffering from varicose veins, we can discuss which treatment may be best for your body. Click here to schedule your next appointment today.