Varicose veins are blue, enlarged, and twisted veins that are visible and felt under the skin, specifically in the legs and feet. They occur when leaking valves and weakened walls make it difficult for blood to flow back from the legs and feet to the heart.
There are thousands of websites on the Internet that claim to have accurate information about staying healthy and “curing” aliments from home. Unfortunately, a lot of this information is false and can be dangerous if followed. To keep yourself healthy, it’s always better to talk to a board-certified physician about anything that you’re dealing with—especially when it comes to vein disease. To get you started, here are five myths about leg health that you should ignore.
Do many older people have varicose veins? Are varicose veins a normal consequence of growing old? Contrary to popular belief, no they are not. The only true cause of varicose veins is damaged or weakened valves in the veins. There are, however, many risk factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins. Let’s look at a few of them:
One of the most common statements I hear from patients when they come in is, "I waited to seek treatment because I was told that my varicose veins were merely cosmetic... and if they didn't hurt I didn't need to seek treatment." While there are many common misconceptions or myths about varicose and spider veins, this is probably one of the most harmful ones still circulating today. There are many reasons that these myths about varicose veins are still so widely disseminated.
Just today I was doing a search for some of the most popular articles regarding varicose veins. It seems that this week the biggest topics revolve around the notions of treating varicose veins through the use of herbal or medicinal combinations either application topically or taken orally. While homeopathic treatments for varicose veins are often derived from many beneficial supplements and whole foods, like ginger, garlic, horse chestnut, it is important for one to understand the difference between creating an actual remedy that genuinely cures venous disease and one that simply reduces the symptoms surrounding the disease.