What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, often raised, and swollen veins that are blue, purple, or red. They form due to valve malfunctions in the veins that cause poor blood flow, and may be quite painful. Most often, the types of varicose veins that may need to be treated are in the legs, where blood is constantly being pumped vertically through one-way valves. When the vein disease progresses, these now-damaged veins start collecting blood that can’t circulate, causing pressure buildup, pooling blood, and increased fluid in your legs. This results in legs starting to cramp, feel heavy, and become painful.
Tingling or Itching
Aching or Heavy Legs
Pain while standing
What causes varicose veins?
Various factors—age, gender, family history, occupation, or weight, for example—contribute to your likelihood of getting varicose veins and related vein diseases. When it comes to vascular health, varicose veins aren’t just unsightly. If left untreated, these malfunctioning veins in your legs can cause extensive pain and fatigue, and could even lead to more serious issues such as open wounds or blood clots.
Even if your varicose veins aren’t giving you widespread leg pain now, making an appointment with a vein specialist is a smart idea, since vein disease—the underlying condition that causes varicose veins in the first place—is progressive. Early treatment is your best option for the most effective, long-term results.
Are varicose vein treatments painful?
Varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive and done in our office with local anesthetic. While you may experience some discomfort during treatment, it is low pain and there is little to no downtime after the treatment. You'll be able to drive home yourself following most treatments and resume your normal activities the same day.
Who gets varicose veins?
Anyone can develop varicose veins and vein disease due to hereditary factors, job stressors, and lifestyle. Women are far more likely than men to have varicose veins, though men make up a significant percentage of our patients as well. Factors such as standing on your feet all day, age, pregnancy, and increased weight are just a few reasons why certain people suffer from painful varicose veins.
Are varicose veins and spider veins the same?
Varicose veins and spider veins are not the same, though both are similar and relate to the medical condition known as venous insufficiency. While they both appear in the legs due to damaged or weakened valves in the veins, spider veins tend to be thinner and relatively painless, while varicose veins are more raised, larger, painful, and problematic.
Varicose veins often cause discomfort such as pain, itching, swelling in the ankles or legs, bleeding, or a heavy or achy feeling in the legs. They also tend to increase a person's risk of blood clots and circulation problems.
What should I do if I have pain in my legs?
Don’t wait: Come in for a consultation with our board-certified, specialized vein doctors. If you’re experiencing pain, heaviness, aching, and/or cramping in one or both legs, these symptoms could be indicative of a greater health risk, such as blood pooling inside the legs, blood clots, or something else.
The sooner you schedule an appointment, the sooner we’ll be able to diagnose, treat, and provide relief in your legs and body. Most treatments are covered by insurance, are minimally invasive, and will allow you to get back to work the same day. Together, we’ll figure out a vein treatment plan and timeline that fits with your specific vascular needs.
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