A varicose vein is a condition characterized by enlarged, twisted veins. The veins of the legs are most commonly affected. Some patients do not experience any symptoms, while others have discomfort and pain. It may sometimes cause serious complications.
Lifestyle measures include managing weight, avoiding salt, exercising regularly, raising legs, avoiding tight clothes, and choosing appropriate footwear.
The risk factors include advanced age, gender (women are at increased risk), family history, pregnancy, standing or sitting for a long period, and obesity.