The veins are an integral part of the circulatory system. Their primary function is to carry blood across the body, from our head to our feet. Sometimes, either due to poor health or due to external environmental factors, our veins face problems that can be uncomfortable and unsightly.
There are different types of veins in the human body and just like their counterparts, the veins in the feet may also face multiple issues. From problems with varicose veins to pigmentation in the feet, there are multiple issues that the veins of our feet may encounter. The most common vein issues people face are prominent veins, pigmentation, and ulcers in the feet.
The job of the veins is to carry the blood across the body. When the veins fail to function properly, the blood begins to pool in place, enlarging the vein. This results in prominent veins. Varicose veins are an example of enlarged veins. Sometimes this bulging of the veins is due to reasons such as old age, obesity, or pregnancy. It can also happen as a result of serious problems such as like thrombophlebitis.
Enlarged veins can result in bloating of the feet, heaviness, rashes, and cramping. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you speak with a doctor for help finding relief.
Pigmentation can occur either when there is a change in the quantity of melanin produced in the body or due to an illness that results in colored patches on the skin. Sometimes this pigmentation can be a harmless mole, but if you see a lesion on your ankle or your foot, it’s best for you to visit your physician.
Lesions can occur due to a variety of serious diseases such as melanoma, actinic keratosis and Kaposi’s sarcoma. Luckily, these are rare diseases and the chances of someone suffering from these are less. You may find pigmentation on your feet if you suffer from venous stasis. Here, the veins fail to function correctly, resulting in a pooling of blood. This results in the appearance of dark patches on your skin.
Ulcers in the Feet
Our bodies are prone to infections and at times, these infections result in ulcers. A foot ulcer is a tender, open sore that can be extremely painful. Sufferers often face difficulty walking when they have foot ulcers. You will need to use antibiotics prescribed by your doctor to treat these sores. Foot ulcers may take a long time to heal, especially if you have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes. A high blood sugar level, lack of immunity to infections, and high skin sensitivity often results in diabetic foot ulcers.
Symptoms such as the swelling of the feet, redness, ulcers, bad odors, and lesions are indicators that something might be wrong. Treatment is individualized, based on your specific needs. With proper care and medication, you can be back on your feet in no time.
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