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Varicose veins

Leg veins become much more visible and can be seen above the skin. They look blue/purple in colour. The veins or the entire leg may ache, itch or feel heavy. The bulging veins feel tender to the touch.


The pressure from blood flowing backwards and pooling causes veins to bulge. Veins have valves to help the blood flow back to the heart. The one-way valves in the veins may also become damaged, causing the veins to stretch even more. Varicose veins are often hereditary. Certain factors increase the risk of varicose veins such as pregnancy, having a job which involves lots of standing, injuring your legs, being overweight and, as we age, veins become less elastic.


See your nurse or GP for advice. If your legs are also swollen your Nurse or GP may advise you to wear the type of compression therapy support which helps reduce swelling as well as assisting blood flow. Try not to knock your legs and, if you have any wounds or sores, have them checked over by a healthcare professional. If the skin around varicose veins becomes itchy, red and inflamed seek advice from your nurse or GP.


Activa Class 2 compression therapy will protect your legs and help prevent the condition becoming worse. Healthcare professionals may prescribe ActiLymph socks or tights if the legs are swollen.