Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused when veins become less elastic and tiny valves that control the direction of blood flow begin to malfunction.

Blood is allowed to flow backwards in the veins and pools. This not only causes an unsightly blue appearance on the skin, people with this problem may also experience aching, throbbing, burning, or itching in their legs.

There are several factors that cause this condition that you have little or no control over. The good news is that if you fall into these categories, you may want to take extra steps to avoid getting them or at least reduce their appearance.

*Sex. Females are much more prone to this condition than males.
*Age. As you get older, the wear and tear in your body increases the likelihood of developing this condition.
*Genetics. If your mom has them, you’re likely to have them too.
*Leg injuries. While you can’t always prevent a serious injury, properly taking care of an injury could help reduce its occurrence.

There are also other factors the will promote varicose veins. Anything that puts stressed your veins in going to wear them out faster and produce symptoms sooner. This includes anything that cuts off or reduces circulation. If you can, it’s best to avoid these risk factors.

Obesity. Having to pump more blood increases the wear and tear on the veins.
Birth Control Pills. If your visible veins are severe, you may want to try a different form of protection. Also if you’re taking progesterone or estrogen for other reasons, it will have the same effect.

Excessive standing or sitting. If you have a job that involves a lot of standing in one place, ask for a chair to sit on while you don’t need to be standing. If you have a job where you sit most of the day, try to change your position regularly.
Sitting cross-legged. Try crossing your legs at the ankles while wearing a skirt. You should also avoid sitting in any other position that cuts off blood flow to part of your legs.

High-heeled shoes. Wearing a tall heeled shoe can reduce circulation in the legs leading to varicose veins. Try to choose a more sensible heel for everyday use.
Tight Fitting Clothes. Clothes that are tight around the waist and legs can reduce circulation.

In addition to these causes, varicose veins development can be triggered by natural hormonal changes caused by puberty menopause, and pregnancy.

Besides avoiding the listed activities, you can also increase your level of exercise. This will increase circulation throughout your body and reduce the occurrence of this annoying and sometimes painful problem.