Learn about varicose veins here: what causes them, their symptoms, risk factors, prevention, and most importantly, how our vein clinic can help you with varicose veins treatment.
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. Although not always serious, they can be painful, unattractive, and can sometimes lead to other problems.
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted. Varicose veins often run in families. Aging also increases your risk. Being overweight, pregnant, or having a job where you must stand for long periods of time increases pressure on leg veins, which can lead to varicose veins.
Varicose veins look dark blue, swollen, and twisted under the skin. However, some people do not have any symptoms.
Mild symptoms may include:
- Heaviness, burning, aching, tiredness, or pain in your legs
- Swelling in your feet and ankles
- Itching over the vein
More serious symptoms include:
- Leg swelling
- Skin changes, such as:
– Color changes
– Dry, thinned skin
- Open sores, or you may bleed after a minor injury
- Symptoms may be worse after you stand or sit for long periods of time
- Redness, increased warmth, pain over vein – may be associated with sudden worsening/appearance of vein or blood clot within the vein
Varicose veins are common. More than one in five adults and up to 50 percent of people over 50 have vein problems or varicose veins.
When you are initially evaluated for vein issues, your doctor at Center for Advanced Vein Care will look at your legs and feet. Varicose veins may be easy to see, especially when you stand up. Your doctor will check your legs for tender areas, swelling, skin color changes, sores, and other signs of skin breakdown. You might need further tests if you plan to have varicose vein treatment or if you have signs of a deep vein problem. Home treatment can help to ease your symptoms and help slow down the progression of the varicose veins.
- Wear properly fitted compression stockings.
- Prop up (elevate) your legs.
- Avoid long periods of sitting or standing.
- Get plenty of exercise like walking and calf raises.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes.
If symptoms persist or continue to progress despite these adjustments to your lifestyle, your vein doctor can give you additional varicose vein treatment options.
- Laser treatment
- Radiofrequency treatment
- Phlebectomy, or stab avulsion
- Ligation and stripping surgery
At Center for Advanced Vein Care, we will work with you to address your concerns about varicose veins. We have treated hundreds of patients for varicose veins, and will do everything in our power to ensure that you can get back to your daily life as a happier, healthier, more active version of yourself.