As spring approaches, the thought of exposing your legs in shorts or skirts can be scary. While varicose veins affect many, certain groups many be more at-risk of developing unsightly, uncomfortable varicose veins.

Before we dive into the specifics of which groups are more prone to venous disease, what exactly are varicose veins?  Varicose veins are caused by an underlying vein disorder known as venous insufficiency, which can worsen over time if it is left untreated. They can appear as rope-like, swollen or twisted, and are often purple, blue or flesh-colored. They can cause symptoms such as leg cramping, restlessness in the legs, skin thickening, irritation or discoloration, and pain, swelling or throbbing in the legs.

If you have ever wondered if you are at risk for developing vein problems, take a look at the following five groups most likely to develop varicose veins.

  1. People over age 55. As age, we put more and more strain on our legs. This in conjunction with a natural reduction in healthy blood circulation can lead to venous disease.
  2. Pregnant women. Pregnancy is a top culprit for varicose veins. The added weight and pressure on the lower body increases the volume of blood pushing against the vein walls, causing them to weaken.
  3. People who are overweight or obese. The more extra weight your body is carrying, the more wear and tear on your lower extremities. This combined with a lack of exercise can seriously increase your chances of developing varicose veins.
  4. People with desk jobs. If you are primarily seated at a desk for your job, you could have a higher chance of venous disease. Sitting for hours on end without moving can reduce blood circulation in the legs.
  5. People who are on their feet all day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, those are on their feet all day are also at risk for varicose veins. The constant gravitational pressure and fatigue of the leg muscles can cause blood to pool in the legs and feet.

If you fall into any of these categories, you may be a fit for Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT). During this treatment, laser heat is delivered directly into the affected vein using a very narrow catheter. The heat causes the vessel walls to seal closed, so the vein is eventually eliminated through the body’s natural processes. We accept most insurance, so come in today to see how we can help you eliminate your varicose veins!