Varicose veins are enlarged veins which stop sufficient flow of blood in the specific parts of the body affected. They mostly affect the legs. The common symptoms of varicose veins are very sharp pain may be felt on thelegs, bleeding also occurs in some cases. The affected areas may turn out to be very dry and itchy causing a lot of discomfort. The ankle may also swell leaving the skin very shrink led. Patches are also likely to appear on the skin of the ankle.

Varicose veins occur in different stages. Women are prone to this condition than men. Major causes are overweight due to the amount of pressure exerted on the feet. Menopause, pregnancy due to the heavy weight is other causes. Aging may also cause this condition because as one grows old, the skin loses its strength and therefore becomes very lose.

Stretching the legs to relax also brings relief to the foot. The patient should do a lot of exercises like walking long distances. There are other pain relievers like ibuprofen. Seeking medical advice is important.