What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins correspond to permanent enlargement of the subcutaneous veins, generally located in the lower limbs. They have a sinuous shape and their size varies, ranging from thick and bluish to small, non-protruding varicosities.
Where do they come from?
Varicose veins are caused by slowed circulation or a reflux of blood in the veins, in which the valves are not working properly. Essential to the regulation of the blood stream, their dysfunction leads to a venous return disorder. Their impairment no longer allows blood to circulate in one direction and it thus tends to accumulate in the superficial veins.
How can they be recognized?
Apart from the visible enlargement of the veins, the symptoms of varicose veins are a variable level of pain and a feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the legs. Sometimes the conditions may be accompanied by a degree of swelling of the lower limbs.
Treatment solutions for varicose veins
Compression treatment is intended to improve blood circulation. In case of predisposition, wearing compression stockings or garments can help prevent varicose veins from appearing. They also serve to alleviate them and thereby relieve the pain, heaviness and swelling of the limbs. Although a venous return disorder is not curable, compression helps slow the progression of its symptoms.