If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a vein specialist to find out your treatment options.
Varicose veins are a common condition caused by venous insufficiency, which is when blood pools in your legs or other parts of your body instead of returning to your heart. Chronic venous insufficiency affects 40% of people in the United States, and is often accompanied by uncomfortable or painful symptoms.
Many people don’t realize that the irritation or discomfort they’re experiencing is connected to varicose veins. If you have any of the following four symptoms, we recommend that you see a vein specialist for effective diagnosis and treatment.
1. Swelling in your legs or ankles at the end of the day
It’s common to have tired or slightly sore legs at the end of a long day, especially if you spend most of your time standing. However, if your legs and ankles are regularly swollen, blood may be pooling there due to venous insufficiency.
Other symptoms may include burning, cramping, or throbbing in the legs. You can treat some of these symptoms yourself with exercise, elevation, or compression stockings, but you should visit a vein specialist if they persist.
2. Skin discoloration around your ankles
Venous insufficiency can cause increased pressure inside blood vessels, which means that blood flow to the skin and surrounding tissue decreases. This may result in inflammation, redness, and irritation. Your skin can also become brown and leathery, accompanied by scaling or crusting.
If you notice any of these symptoms, they are likely due to a blood flow problem. To avoid complications, people with these symptoms should schedule an appointment with a vein specialist immediately.
3. Open wounds near your ankles that don’t seem to heal
Venous leg ulcers are the most common type of skin ulcers, and they can be an unsightly and painful condition. Most importantly, they are a sign that your skin isn’t getting enough blood to heal itself. If left untreated, leg ulcers can grow in size and cause serious problems later on. These open wounds put you at risk for dermatitis (skin inflammation) or even dangerous infections.
4. Bulging or knotty veins around your buttocks or genitals
While varicose veins most commonly occur in the legs, they may also appear in other places like the pelvic region or buttocks. Both men and women can get varicose veins in these areas, but genital varicose veins are especially common in pregnant women due to the added pressure a baby puts on the pelvis. This condition can be very uncomfortable, resulting in feelings of pressure, swelling, or throbbing. Genital varicose veins often go away after birth, but a vein specialist can help alleviate your symptoms in the meantime.
If you see any of these signs, schedule an appointment with a local vein specialist at the Center for Vein Restoration to discover your treatment options. We can help alleviate your pain or discomfort as well as prevent any more serious conditions from developing. Reach out to us today online or by phone to take the first step toward looking and feeling better.