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What are Varicose Veins?: Varicose veins with their associated symptoms and complications constitutes the most common of all vascular disorders of the legs.  Approximately 25 million people in the United States suffer from this condition. Varicose veins are enlarged veins at or close to the skin surface.  They may be large and rope-like or small and spider-like.  The veins are caused by blood pooling in the veins that carry blood back up to the heart. What are the Symptoms?: People suffering from vein disease can suffer from leg pains, swelling, restless legs, night cramps, throbbing, numbness, burning, itching, heavy feeling in their legs, skin discoloration, and leg ulcers.  Most diabetic leg sores are actually due to vein disease and are curable. What is Venous Insufficiency?: Venous Insufficiency or reflux develops when the valves that usually keep the blood flowing out of your legs and back towards your heart become damaged or diseased.  Varicose veins can develop from this reflux due to the pressure caused by the broken valves in the legs. In the majority of patients with venous insufficiency the cause is hereditary vein wall weakness. Standing and sedentary occupations contribute to the disease. The diseased veins also tend to get worse with age, increased weight, and pregnancy but anyone can develop this condition. Am I A Candidate for Treatment?: If you can answer yes to any of the symptoms, you may be a candidate for treatment. Do you have any of the following characteristics?: Heavy feeling, Restless legs, Swollen, red, or warm to the touch in the legs, Skin discoloration, Cramps, especially at night, Pain in the legs, Fatigue, Numbness, Burning, Itching, Large bulging veins or small spider veins, Ulcers or sores in the leg usually close to ankle. Why is it so important to seek treatment?: Vein disease generally worsens with time and you run the risk of much more serious problems, including more tenderness and inflammation, blood clots, and permanent  changes in the skin color and texture.  You may also develop sores on the leg that take a long time to heal or spontaneously bleed from a varicose vein.  In the US, a average of six million workdays per year are lost due to the complications of varicose veins.
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