<p><strong>What Are Varicose Veins?</strong></p>
<p>Varicose veins are twisted, swollen veins near the surface of the skin. Veins are the vessels that return blood to the heart after oxygen has been delivered to the body’s tissues. Valves along the walls of the veins permit blood to flow in only one direction. Varicose veins occur when weak or defective valves allow blood to flow backward or stagnate within the vein, a condition known as <em>venous insufficiency</em>.</p>
<p>In this condition, the one-way valves within veins no longer function and therefore allow blood to flow backwards away from the heart and towards the floor. This reversal of blood flow leads to the pooling and stagnation of blood within veins of the leg. If left untreated, this stagnant blood leads to symptoms such as leg swelling, fatigue, heaviness, pain, cramps, and restless legs as well as to the of large unsightly varicose veins.</p>
Look at your foot and ankle, without them you would not be able to walk to the store, dance to your favorite tune or drive a car. The foot and ankle are at times our only contact point with the earth and the things we do on earth. If something goes wrong with these important body parts, your whole world can fall apart.
Notice how complicated your foot is from heel to toes. Each foot has 28 bones and 30 joints ; now that is one complicated piece of equipment! Just above your foot is the ankle joint where the shinbone (tibia) rests on top of the talus (the uppermost foot bone). Because of the complicated anatomy and high degree of stress on the foot and ankle complex, this area has a frequent amount of over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misdiagnosed conditions. You and your doctor need to understand that certain conditions can masquerade as others. Falling into a trap of an imposter can give you a never-ending cycle of unhappy feet.
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Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
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