If you have started to experience pain and aching in the legs, along with unexplained swelling, you could be suffering from varicose veins. Although varicose veins are not usually harmful, they can become very uncomfortable. So it’s important to know what the symptoms of varicose veins are, in order to get the treatment you need.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that typically appear on the legs, but can also be seen on other areas of the body. They are usually blue or dark purple in color. Varicose veins often occur as a result of the weakening of the one-way valves in the veins. These valves control the flow of blood in the blood vessels, but if they become weak they are unable to close off as required, and this causes blood to pool in the veins.
What are symptoms of varicose veins?
When left untreated, varicose veins can cause some extremely uncomfortable symptoms, including the following:
- Sensations such as burning, aching, or heaviness in the legs.
- Throbbing, muscle cramps, and general discomfort in the lower legs and feet.
- Itching around the veins.
- Discolored skin around the ankles.
- Weeping wounds around the ankles.
The symptoms of varicose veins can worsen due to factors such as obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and standing for long periods, as these issues all put additional pressure on the veins.
Factors such as a family history of varicose veins, obesity, leg trauma, inactivity, pregnancy, and old age can put you at risk for developing the condition.
Are you experiencing symptoms of varicose veins? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park areas, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.premierveinandbody.com, or by calling (913) 586-2363.