Why deny yourself beautiful legs when help is at hand

Have you cringed and looked away from legs that have purplish bluish veins bulging out; they are varicose veins, the bane of beautiful legs. Close to 50% of the US population suffers from venous problems of that around 25% of women suffer from varicose veins. They are usually found on the back of the calves or towards the inner legs. The pain usually increases after long periods of standing or sitting especially towards night.

How are varicose veins formed?

All the veins in our body carry impure blood back to the heart to be purified. Sometimes due to pressure caused by long periods of standing the veins fail to perform their duty and as a result, the blood flows back to the legs. This leads to enlarged, dilated veins which appear swollen, raised and purple in color.

Women suffer from this condition far more than men. Factors like puberty, menopause, birth control pills and pregnancy being the main cause. In certain cases, it can be hereditary also.

Is it serious?

In the initial stages, there may be mild pain and itching besides the unsightly appearance. Sometimes there can be a deeper underlying problem within your circulatory system which needs to be addressed immediately. Some of the related issues are:

  • Phlebitis – inflammation of the veins where they become hard and tender
  • Bleeding- sometimes the veins bleed
  • Deep vein thrombosis – formation of blood clots in the veins.

Lifestyle changes

If you are suffering from varicose veins you must ensure that you do not stand or sit continuously for long periods of time. Keep your legs elevated when resting, sitting or sleeping and avoid sitting cross-legged. Besides that, you can try the following solutions:

  • Take up any form of physical exercise like walking, jogging or swimming which will improve the blood circulation through the veins
  • Lose weight to reduce pressure on the veins
  • Do not wear tight clothes as they worsen varicose veins
  • Avoid high heels completely and if not possible reduce the time of wearing.


Compression stockings are usually recommended by doctors to control the condition. These stockings create pressure which ensures that the blood flows up and doesn’t pool in the calves.

Surgery is another option to treat varicose veins. The recurrence post-surgery is 1 out of every 7 cases which could be due to poor post-surgery care.

Then there are over-the-counter ointments like Varikosette which are applied locally for a period of time. They reduce the swelling and tone of the muscles around the area.


For all medical conditions a good diet, adequate exercise and a few changes in the lifestyle provide relief.

    Vanessa Chambers