Varicose veins may not be harmful, but they can certainly be unsightly and embarrassing. Many people with varicose veins experience few or no symptoms, but others may have aches and pain in the legs. However, complications can occur that can lead to serious conditions so it’s important to know the symptoms of varicose veins.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that are typically blue, red, or dark purple in color. Varicose veins are visible through the skin, and are usually seen on the legs.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins occur when the one-way valves in the veins are damaged. These valves ensure that the blood moves in one direction, towards the heart. However, if the valves fail to work properly, blood leaks backwards and pools in the veins, causing them to bulge and become enlarged.
What are symptoms of varicose veins?
Pain in the legs is one of the most common symptoms of varicose veins, along with the following:
- Heaviness in the legs often accompanied by sensations of burning or itching.
- Muscle cramps or fatigue in the lower legs and feet.
- Skin discoloration around the ankles.
- Skin ulcers.
- Swelling in the ankles.
- Blood clots.
The symptoms of varicose veins may be more severe in individuals that are obese or lead a sedentary lifestyle. Fluctuating hormone levels as well as standing for long periods, can also cause the symptoms to get worse (learn more).
Are you experiencing symptoms of varicose veins? It is best to visit a vein specialist for an accurate diagnosis, so that you can get the required treatment.
If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, or Overland Park, KS areas, contact Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz for a consultation.
You can reach them at www.premierveinandbody.com, or by calling (913) 586-2363.