CONDITIONS OF VARICOSE VEINS
Varicose veins are damaged veins that have become twisted and enlarged as weakened valves slow or prevent blood flow from circulating from the extremities back towards the heart. Healthy veins are crucial to successfully carry blood throughout the body and prevent clotting. As the walls of a vein deteriorate, blood flows backwards rather than forward and causes blood to pool in places like the legs, leading to swelling, pressure, and a blue or purple discoloration of the vein that is visible at the surface of the skin. Over time, diseased veins can collapse and pose the risk of circulatory issues in the extremities, especially the legs. Varicose veins are an indicator that you should consult a medical professional for a vein screening and discuss treatment options.