Varicose veins

Gnarled, enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet.


Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. They occur most commonly in the legs and feet.


For many people, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern, but for others, they cause aching pain, and discomfort. They may also signal a circulatory problem.


Treatment involves self-care or procedures to close or remove veins.

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