Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins
If you develop varicose veins, the first thing you may notice about this condition is how they make your legs look. What was once a smooth, blemish-free calf is now riddled with bulging, twisting ropes protruding above the skin’s surface. Many individuals will seek treatment for their veins at this time, considering it a purely “cosmetic” endeavor.
However, varicose veins are not merely a “cosmetic” issue for many sufferers of this condition. Over time, those unattractive veins can also become uncomfortable, leading to symptoms that interfere with your daily activities and your quality of life. Knowing how to identify the symptoms of varicose veins is important, since noticeable symptoms can be a sign your vein condition is worsening.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of varicose veins might include any or all of the following:
- Fatigue or a heavy feeling in the legs, especially at the end of the day
- Aching legs, leg cramps or a feeling of restless legs, particularly at night
- Swelling around the lower leg, ankle and foot
- Pain or fatigue after sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time
- Itching or skin irritation in the area of the varicose veins
- Skin discoloration or the formation of open skin sores, usually around the ankle
If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to the visible presence of varicose veins, it may be time to see a vein specialist for a thorough assessment of your condition and treatment options.
Varicose Vein Dangers
Varicose veins are caused by faulty valves inside certain veins, which typically occurs in the veins of the lower legs. These valves are responsible for keeping blood moving in a uniform direction inside the vein, back up to the heart. Since the lower leg veins have to work against the forces of gravity and the weight of the body, these vein valves are often the first to become damaged or wear out.
When the valves stop functioning properly, blood can begin to pool inside those veins, leading to varicosity and the visible signs of varicose veins. Additional symptoms may indicate the flow of blood is becoming more impeded, leading to poor circulation in the lower legs, as well as skin and tissue damage. When damage of this nature occurs, varicose veins can become much more difficult to treat.
If your varicose veins are causing uncomfortable symptoms, you may be eligible for insurance coverage for at least a portion of your vein treatment. At PCI Vein Center, we offer a wide range of minimally-invasive vein treatments that allow us to customize treatment to a patient’s specific needs and desired outcome. To learn more about your vein condition, or your choices in vein treatment, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.