What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are visible, often protruding veins, most commonly, located in the legs. They usually look like twisted rope located just under the skin.
Varicose veins also cause discomfort and pain. Patients report achy, heavy, throbbing, warm, or itchy sensations in their legs, swelling in the feet and ankles, and leg cramps. This is due to blood pooling in the vein, causing it to enlarge over time. Wearing compression garments help but is not a permanent solution.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Venous insufficiency is the cause of varicose veins. That means that the circulatory system has a hard time pushing blood back to the heart from your extremities. Tiny valves in your veins open and close to allow blood to return to the heart, but in patients with varicose veins those valves are faulty. The legs are most often affected, though it is possible to have them elsewhere.
When the circulatory system can’t move the blood back to the heart it pools in the vein, building up over time. This back up of blood causes the veins to appear purple or blue, and results in the recognizable cord-like bulge.
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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?
Varicose veins themselves are not dangerous, but they can be a symptom of a more serious issue such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or other blood clot issues. If you experience fatigue, swelling, pain, or tenderness in one or both legs, warm and/or discolored skin on the affected leg(s), or suddenly visible vein(s), seek medical care immediately.
Treatments are available to resolve both spider veins and varicose veins. Total Vein Wellness offers many different procedures, in office, to help patients start looking and feeling better right away. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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Varicose Vein Symptoms
Many people are able identify varicose veins by the noticing the presence of twisted, bluish, swollen veins just beneath the skin. However, others might have symptoms including:
- Leg pain
- Heavy legs
- Dull ache in legs
- Throbbing or cramping
- Itchy skin over varicose veins
- Skin discoloration over the veins
- Mild swelling in the feet, ankles or calves
Varicose Vein Treatments
There are many conservative treatment options for varicose veins. These include support stockings, proper skin hygiene, consistent walking and weight loss as needed. However, when these treatment options are not working, surgical treatment options are available. Those may include:
- VNUS Closure
Whether you are considering conservative options or surgical options, select a vein surgeon who has the experience and training needed for a successful outcome. Dr. Naifeh will do a complete consultation and exam, and may suggest tests such as ultrasound or angiogram to test the blood flow in your veins.