Often, the first symptoms of varicose veins are cramping, heaviness, or achiness in the legs. You may also experience burning, restlessness, tingling, or throbbing. These symptoms usually worsen through the day the longer you are on your feet.
Some people may not even be aware of the symptoms varicose veins are causing. It not uncommon for people have a vague sense of leg fatigue and even overall fatigue that is cause by varicose veins or venous insufficiency. Sometimes people will only notice an increase of leg energy or overall energy after their vein problems are treated to know that the varicose veins caused the symptoms.
Varicose veins appear as unsightly, twisted veins in the legs. They are often raised or swollen and have a rope-like appearance. They are caused when the valves within the veins of the legs become weak and cannot open and close properly. This then causes the blood to flow backward and pool in the veins, causing the varicose veins.
Varicose veins can be caused by any number of factors, including being overweight, genetics, hormonal changes, jobs that require standing for long periods, or a history of blood clots. In addition to the achiness or heaviness, there are other more severe symptoms of varicose veins, including:
It is important to understand whether your pain is from varicose veins or something more serious, such as a blood clot. Also, the pain you are feeling may come from an emotional level, since you may feel self-conscious about your vein condition.
While varicose veins are unsightly, they can often lead to more serious conditions as we mentioned. These can include painful skin changes and ulcerations and an increased risk for blood clots.
Common treatments include wearing compression stockings and elevating your legs. Also, certain lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising can reduce the appearance of these unsightly veins.
In some cases, medical procedures may be necessary to reduce the pain and other symptoms. These can include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, or other laser treatments. Your physician will be able to determine which treatment methods are the best for your individual case.
Dr. Thomas Wright of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center says, “If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of varicose veins, it is important that you seek a diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens.”
At Laser Lipo and Vein Center, you’ll find a team of qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced individuals who can diagnose and treat varicose veins. Please give us a call today to set up a consultation! We will ensure that you receive all the information necessary about varicose veins.