Is it normal for skipped veins?

Expert answer:

Veined jaws in feet, hands, arms and legs is normal, because it is a physical characteristic of the person, often related to the proximity of the veins to the skin (superficial veins).

The veins may be even more evident if there is little subcutaneous fat or increased muscle mass, as occurs in people thin or muscled.

However, skipped veins in the legs may be a sign of varicose veins. In this case, the veins are dilated and tortuous, purple-blue and appear in the legs over the years. They are more common in women, but men may also have it.

Over the years, there is a increased pressure in the leg veins, hindering the return of blood from the feet to the heart.

As time goes by, the mechanisms that allow the adequate return of blood may fail, which causes a dilation of the involved veins, making them jump and tortuous.

The major risk factors for varicose veins, especially for women, are:

  • Heredity;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Obesity;
  • Sedentary lifestyle;
  • Remain many hours standing at work.

The signs and symptoms of varicose veins are:

  • Pain, weight or tiredness in the legs;
  • Swelling in the legs and feet in the afternoon.

If they are not properly treated, varicose veins can complications, as:

  • Swelling;
  • Deep vein thrombosis;
  • Leg skin atrophy or dystrophy;
  • Erysipelas;
  • Dermatites;
  • Varicose ulcers.

Some forms of prevent varicose veins:

  • Avoid keeping your legs hanging while sitting or standing for a long time;
  • Do light aerobic exercises, such as walking or cycling, as they help tone the leg muscles, improving their function of pumping blood;
  • Keep within proper weight;
  • Wear compression stockings.

O treatment of varicose veins varies according to the type of problem. In case of symptoms of varicose veins, you should seek an angiologist or vascular surgeon.