Varicose veins are permanent dilations of the veins, usually on the legs and feet. Varicose veins are usually
sinuous, they have many curves. Being full with blood, they can cause pain, discomfort, aching and heavy legs
which often become worse at night and after exercise.
Varicose veins can present
some cosmetic problems. For women, having varicose veins can be embarrassing. In addition to cosmetic effects,
the disorder can lead to major complications due to poor circulation of blood through the affected
Although varicose veins can
affect both men and women, the affection is more common in women than in men. Other factors that are shown to be
associated with the disease include heredity, pregnancy, obesity, menopause and aging.