Varicose Veins Explained

Varicose Veins Explained

Posted by Tyler Gatlin on 15th Jan 2020

Varicose veins can be a common condition for folks as they enter their fifties and sixties. And while they may simply be an unsightly cosmetic issue for some, they can be a painful, debilitating condition that can keep others from living full, active and healthy lives.

While it’s estimated that about 20% of all adults will develop varicose veins in their lifetime, that probability can increase depending on several risk factors, including age, gender, family history and standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Blame Gravity (among other things)

Apart from the risk factors we just mentioned, gravity is what leads to the appearance of varicose veins. As your heart works to pump oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the rest of your body, it also must pump the blood back. For the blood that’s being pumped to the feet and lower legs, this means the heart must work against gravity to pump the blood back up to the heart. It’s a lot of work, to say the least.

But our bodies have an ingenious solution to ease the workload on the heart. The blood vessels in our legs are equipped with a series of one-way valves so that blood can flow toward the heart but is prevented from flowing back down due to the force of gravity. It’s kind of like the difference between climbing a ten-foot ladder and climbing a ten-foot rope: both require work, but one is way easier than the other.

Over time, though, these valves can become weak or damaged and stop functioning efficiently. When this happens, there’s nothing stopping the blood from being pulled back down towards the feet and pooling in certain parts of the leg. That’s what causes those enlarged purple, squiggly veins that you can see.

But like we mentioned earlier, there’s more to it than purple, squiggly veins for many people. Varicose veins can cause swelling, throbbing or burning pain, fatigued legs and even more serious symptoms like ulcers.

Illustration show difference between normal vein and varicose veins.

What Can Be Done

If you’re currently suffering from varicose veins, there’s good news: a wide range of solutions are available, ranging from expensive surgical procedures to relatively inexpensive self-care options like gradient compression hosiery. For many, gradient compression, like our  Jeba Compression Socks and Hosiery, is a natural first step to mitigate the symptoms, after all, they’re non-invasive, inexpensive and  backed by science.

Jeba compression socks and hosiery work by applying pressure to the legs, which in turn, supports the veins so that they work more efficiently, retain their original shape and are less likely to allow blood to pool or fall back down toward the feet.

Image of two veins: one that is Varicosity and one that is healthy.

Compared to other more drastic or expensive procedures, purchasing and wearing compression socks or hosiery is a pretty easy decision to make.  Jeba offers two different levels of compression depending on your needs, and they are available in a variety of fun styles and patterns!

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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Though these statements do contain medical information, it should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider should you have specific questions regarding your situation.