Not everyone has experienced varicose veins, however, others may be all too familiar with them. It’s a condition where if you are female, overweight, pregnant or have a job which involves long periods of standing, you are deemed more likely to develop it. Despite being a very common condition, many people are being left unable to access treatment.
When veins are healthy, blood flows smoothly to the heart and is prevented from flowing backwards by tiny valves opening & closing. Varicose veins occur when these valves become weakened or damaged; the blood flows backwards and begins to collect in the vein eventually leading the vein to become swollen and enlarged.
They most commonly occur on the legs and feet and usually appear blue or dark purple and are often lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance. Symptoms tend to worsen after being stood up for prolonged periods of times and during warmer weather.
Common symptoms include:
- aching, heavy and uncomfortable legs
- swollen feet and ankles
- burning or throbbing in your legs
- muscle cramp in your legs, particularly at night
- dry, itchy and thin skin over the affected vein
As varicose veins are categorised as a cosmetic condition and are relatively harmless, it is unlikely that you would be able to receive treatment on the NHS. Despite sounding unpleasant you will more than likely have to pay for cosmetic treatment privately which can be costly and make treatment seem unattainable.
At Greater Lancashire Hospital, a range of payment plans and finance options are offered, enabling people to access treatments which would normally be unavailable on the NHS or too expensive privately. Recently rated “Outstanding” for level of care by the CQC, not only do these payment plans ensure that the best facilities are accessible, but also the best possible hands.