Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that can occur in both men and women of any age group, starting in adolescence. Pregnancy, weight gain, long periods of standing, and family history are all risk factors. Varicose veins can cause aching, ankle swelling, night cramps or feelings of leg fatigue or heaviness after prolonged periods of standing. If untreated, they can progress to cause skin damage, including darkening of the skin or even ulcers.
Washington University vein specialists are board-certified vascular surgeons, expertly trained in all facets of venous disease in men and women.