Our expert says:
You probably have varicose veins, caused by incompetent valves in the superficial veins of the leg. This is often hereditary. These veins can get infected or develop clots and cause thrombophlebitis but this is not dangerous and only causes local pain, redness and inflammation. Deep vein thrombosis is however another story - this can be dangerous and cause strokes, heart attacks and lung embolism. This is usually caused by blood that clots easier than normal and by inactivity like during long flights or a long sickbed, or even injury like in a motor car accident. Deep vein thrombosis cause painful swollen calves, and walking is difficult. You can see a surgeon or vascular surgeon for treatment of the varicose veins. It may be a good idea to check your coagulation factors to determine if your blood is "thin" enough. You have to keep an eye on your cholesterol levels and bloodpressure.
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