Varicose veins are large twisted veins underneath the skin that aside from having an undesired appearance can cause pain, itching and irritation (phlebitis). Researchers have found genes associated with varicose veins and these genes are passed down from parents.

Contrary to what many believe, crossing one’s legs does not cause varicose veins. By not getting treatment, varicose veins will become worse with time and may require additional treatments to achieve desired results.

Some risk factors for developing varicose veins include being overweight. Many women develop varicose veins after pregnancy. Also, history of blood clots in the lower extremity veins may put someone at risk for varicose veins. Many people with no risk factors develop varicose veins.

Regardless of the cause, varicose veins should be evaluated and treated when they become bothersome. At the Denton Vein Center Dr. Rios performs a full assessment of the circulation to identify the source of the varicose veins.