Having varicose veins is a common problem, not usually something to worry about. By staying active, wearing compression stockings and elevating your feet periodically, you can manage your symptoms. Still, you should have your varicose veins evaluated and monitored by a vein specialist because of the possibility of dangerous vein problems.
Varicose veins bulge beneath your skin into unsightly blue, red or purple ropes. They develop when blood backs up and pools. Varicose vein symptoms run in the family, so if your parents have them, you may end up having them too. Sitting or standing for long stretches can make existing vein problems worse, as can pregnancy.