Varicose veins are not only unsightly but can also be extremely painful. These veins appear on the legs and, in some cases, on the arms. They occur when the valves within the veins become damaged or fail to open and close properly. As a result, blood from the legs is pooling under the skin, causing the vein to appear bulgy and enlarged. Many women experience this condition during pregnancy, and as a result, they suffer in silence. However, the good news is that many different treatments do work, and here are some of them.