Chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins affects men as well as women. A common misconception in vein disease is that only women suffer from and seek treatment for their varicose veins. In practice approximately 50% of our patients are men and increases as awareness increases. Many of our male patients were reluctant to wear shorts which significantly changes lifestyle especially in Florida. Events mostly affected included golfing, tennis, barbecues, and working out at the gym.
At Ponte Vedra Vein Institute we can change your life with legs that look good and feel great.
Veins are the vessels in the body and are similar to arteries. However, they return blood to the heart once it has circulated through the body (as opposed to arteries, which carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body). They contain one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction. These valves may stop functioning the way they are supposed to causing blood to pool and stretch the vein.
Varicose veins are unusually swelled blood vessels that bulge beneath the skin, causing a knotted, often blue-tinged look. Vascular anatomy is the same in both men and women, and it is important for men suffering from vein disease to seek out treatment in a timely manner.
Men with varicose veins commonly report developing aching, throbbing, cramping, and other symptoms that may indicate a need for medical attention.
Causes and Risks Factors of Varicose Veins in Men
Varicose veins can affect almost anyone, however, men in certain professions are more prone to developing them. Extended periods of sitting or standing can cause pooling of blood in the veins. Those men at highest risk tend to work in such fields as:
- Taxi drivers
- 9-5 desk jobs
- Truck/Bus drivers
- Postal Workers
- Stock Brokers
Ways to Improve Leg Health
There are certain life changes that can be made in order to reduce any discomfort you may have as a result of this condition. Any measures that increase blood flow to the legs can help them look and feel better.
- Exercise Regularly
- Stretch It Out
- Elevating Legs
- Wearing Loose Clothing