What Factors Contribute to Varicose Veins?

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Varicose veins are both a cosmetic and functional nuisance and can, in some cases, lead to the development of more serious and even life-threatening complications, like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots. While not all cases of varicose veins can be prevented, many are avoidable through simple diet and lifestyle modifications, which can also lower a person's overall risk of developing new or recurrent varicose veins in the future. Here, our caring providers at Vitality Vein Care, proudly serving the Prosper, Celina, and Frisco, TX areas, offer a useful guide on risk factors for varicose veins, varicose vein prevention strategies, and treatment options should you develop these unsightly and often uncomfortable abnormalities.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins — which usually develop in the legs — are damaged veins that no longer function properly and produce a number of unwanted symptoms. These veins often appear as bulging, twisted, gnarled veins that are visible beneath the surface of the skin in blue, purple, or red bunches. For many patients, varicose veins cause discomfort and other problems, including:

  • Pain
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Cramping
  • Itching
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Sores
  • Bulging veins

What causes varicose veins?

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to varicose veins, which is why they are typically considered a multifactorial condition. Some of the most common risk factors for varicose veins include:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged standing or sitting
  • Poor diet and lifestyle habits

How can I prevent varicose veins?

There's no question that a healthy lifestyle is one of the best prevention strategies for varicose veins. This includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, and avoiding smoking. If you have concerns about developing new, worsening, or recurrent varicose veins, our providers can help formulate a plan to minimize your risk level.

How are varicose veins treated?

In some cases, varicose veins are unavoidable despite a healthy diet and lifestyle. Regardless of the reason for developing varicose veins, our team believes that everyone deserves to get the symptom relief and restored confidence they deserve. With this in mind, we are proud to offer a comprehensive suite of advanced vein treatment options for varicose veins, spider veins, and other venous conditions.

Before administering treatment, we will first conduct a comprehensive exam and assessment to definitively diagnose your condition. This will likely include a consultation, a review of your health and medical history, and ultrasound imaging if indicated. If you are found to have varicose veins, we will recommend the most appropriate treatment option for you. Depending on your condition, the cause of your venous abnormality, your overall health, and other factors, we may suggest treatments such as endovenous ablation, sclerotherapy, and others. We will also work with you on strategies for reducing your risk of future vein problems, which may include dietary and lifestyle modifications.

Get healthy veins and clear legs in time for summer with varicose vein treatment in Prosper, TX

If you are dreading shorts this summer because of unsightly veins or you're tired of the physical discomfort caused by your varicose veins, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly team at Vitality Vein Care in Prosper, TX to learn more about our cutting-edge treatments and patient-first approach to helping you get the healthy veins you deserve.

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