Varicose Veins: More than a Cosmetic Problem
There is little doubt that varicose veins are not attractive. For the millions of adults suffering this condition in the U.S., most would say they would be happy to get rid of those twisting, bulging lines that make them self-conscious about breaking out their summer wardrobe. But varicose veins can be more than a cosmetic nuisance for some. Symptoms of varicose veins may develop that can be uncomfortable enough to impact your quality of life. Those symptoms can also be a clue that your venous condition is worsening and treatment may be needed to avoid more serious complications.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Not everyone will experience symptoms of varicose veins, but those that do may have one or more of the following:
- A feeling of heaviness or fatigue in the lower legs
- Swelling of the lower legs, ankles and feet
- Aching or cramping, especially at night
- Restless leg syndrome
- Burning or itching of skin around varicose vein
- Thickening of skin or skin color changes
Varicose veins can vary in terms of intensity. For some, the discomfort may be relatively mild and eased by simply elevating the legs for a few hours in the evening. Others may find the pain interferes with daily activities, prompting them to seek relief before symptoms become worse or further complications develop.
Complications of Varicose Veins
Complications of varicose veins can be extremely painful. When the swollen veins lead to changes in skin color and texture, the changes may be permanent for some people. Those skin changes indicated insufficient blood flow to the skin and tissue around the varicose vein, which can worsen over time. In some cases, open sores will form in the area, known as venous ulcers. These sores can become very large and painful, as well as difficult to treat. Infections are common with these sores, and even if they are successfully treated, recurrence rates are very high.
If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms with your varicose veins, or if you are worried about your condition getting worse, help is available. At Center for Vein Restoration, we offer a variety of minimally-invasive vein treatments that eliminate unsightly, painful veins with minimal discomfort and downtime. With a variety of treatments to choose from, we can select the procedure that is likely to work best for your specific condition.
You don’t have to suffer the embarrassment or physical pain of varicose veins. Contact Center for Vein Restoration to learn how you can say goodbye to those bothersome veins for good!