What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that usually appear on the legs. They tend to be dark blue or purple and can be lumpy and uncomfortable.
You may wish to have varicose veins removed as they are often very visible. Most people opt for removal based on aesthetic concerns. However, they can cause complications if left untreated for a long time.
Other symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Heavy, uncomfortable and achy legs
- Swelling of the lower calves and feet
- Hardening of the skin on the lower calf
- In its advanced stages, can cause ulceration