Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins.
The heart pumps blood containing oxygen and nutrients to the entire body through our arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. As your calf muscles contract, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity.
Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent your blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there — this problem is called venous insufficiency.
Over time, this backed-up blood enlarges veins under your skin and they become varicose veins visible to the eye.
Varicose veins often cause leg symptoms, such as:
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