Varicose veins are a very common condition, and affect approximately 15 percent of men and approximately 25 percent of women.
Varicose veins are the blue or purplish enlarged veins you typically see bulging out of one’s leg. The word “varicose” is derived from the Latin root word “varix,” which is translated in English as “twisted.” Any vein in your body may become varicose, however, its important to note that this condition or varicose veins exists most often in the legs and feet.
Varicose veins occur in the legs and lower extremities because standing and walking increases the pressure in the veins in the lower half of your body. Is it only a cosmetic concern? For many men and women, varicose veins and spider veins (these are the smaller and more common variation of varicose veins) makes them feel less attractive.
However, it’s important to note that for others, varicose veins cause aching pain and discomfort. This condition may lead to serious problems if not treated. Moreover, varicose veins may also serve as an indication that the individual is at a higher risk of other disorders of the circulatory system.