We’ve all heard some horror stories about varicose veins. This condition can take a toll on your confidence because you feel people are just looking at those gnarly bulging marks. What’s worse is that in more serious cases, they could signify that you have a health issue which you can’t afford to ignore.
Being both a cosmetic and health problem, varicose veins are sometimes overlooked and treatments are put off. Most people don’t know much about them, or the conditions that are known to cause them.
These problems are caused by leaky valves, and the ones found at the groin and behind the knee are the common culprits.
Great Saphenous Vein
The great saphenous vein is the longest vein in the human body, which spans its length from the top of the foot up to the groin. It is responsible for returning blood from the superficial tissues in the lower extremities back to the heart, allowing blood to be oxygenated.
It has been widely known for its great importance for coronary bypass surgery, but other than that it plays a major role for venous return. The venous valves found at the groin are what keeps the blood flowing back up, antagonizing gravity, and preventing backflow.
When it malfunctions, it results in blood accumulation somewhere in the thighs, causing bulging veins and pain at times.
The popliteal vein is found at the back side of the knee and is responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. It is also responsible for supporting the knee joint as well as the calf and thigh muscles. There are venous valves found behind the knee as well. It works in conjunction with the femoral vein, the larger network of veins that bring deoxygenated blood back up to the heart.
When Valves Fail
When either the valves at the groin or behind the knee fail, they cause backflow of blood, overloading the veins they regulate. As a result, it collects and pushes the venous walls, and that’s when we see spider veins and varicose veins.
There are various reasons why these valves weaken. It can be because of genetics, or even from obesity or pregnancy. Whichever the case is, we know the result.
The good thing is that VeinCare specialises in addressing those issues. Reach out to us today and let’s discuss your options.