The veins and blood vessels that make up the vascular system are essential to our health and basic biological functions, carrying blood and oxygen throughout the body from the the brain down to the toes. Some veins and blood vessels are located closer to the surface of the skin than others, making them more prominent and visible, depending on several factors like the color and texture of the skin, a person's age, fat composition, hormones and the health and structural integrity of the arteries and veins.
While some level of visibility through the skin is normal, enlarged veins that protrude through the skin of the legs and feet result from a condition known as varicose veins. Learn more about varicose veins from your Quakertown, PA podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry.
What are Varicose Veins?
Most people can see some of the veins in their feet through the skin, which is normal in many cases. Varicose veins become enlarged and have a thickened, rope like texture that protrudes through the skin. They are common in women during and after pregnancy, and in people who spend long periods of time sitting or standing, which increases pressure and weakens the veins, limiting their ability to properly circulate the blood in the feet and legs up to the heart.
While varicose veins do not generally pose additional health risks, your Quakertown podiatrists recommend scheduling an appointment if there are additional symptoms like pain, bleeding, rash or significant changes in the texture of the skin. Men and women with diabetes are more susceptible to foot problems like neuropathy and serious complications from cuts and infections, and should include routine podiatry care as part of a comprehensive health care plan.
Other reasons that veins may be more visible include:
- Age (skin becomes thinner as people get older, making the veins easier to see)
- Fat (some veins are hidden under layers of fat, and can become more noticeable after fat loss)
- Steroid use
Find a Podiatrist in Quakertown, PA
For more information on varicose veins and other foot and ankle injuries and disorders, contact Diamond Podiatry by calling (215) 529-5222 to schedule an appointment today.