Why do varicose veins typically appear in legs?

POSTED: 11:11 AM PST Nov 08, 2012    UPDATED: 11:56 AM PST Nov 20, 2012 

When varicose veins appear, they are typically located in a person’s legs.

Varicose veins are usually in the legs because the pressure of a person’s body weight, gravity and the challenge of carrying blood from the bottom of the body back up to the heart.

Unlike other veins located in your body, veins in your legs have the toughest challenge of getting blood back to the heart.