Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Some of the most common varicose vein symptoms that occur include heaviness, aching, swelling, fatigue, itching, tingling, or tenderness. Varicose vein pain is usually described as a dull fullness, ache, or cramping sensation in the leg. Varicose veins are not known to routinely cause sharp, stabbing pains.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose vein disease appears as twisting, “rope like” cords of bulging veins under the skin, anywhere along the legs from the ankles to the thighs. These veins are responsible for returning blood to the heart. These veins have to work against gravity and contain tiny valves to help push the blood upwards. These valves close and prevent blood from “reversing flow” back down the leg. When valves in the superficial system start to malfunction, blood does not completely empty out of the veins and it starts to “collect” or “pool” inside the veins.
The easiest path for this flow reversal is through branches of the superficial system, in essence the varicose veins which develop in one’s legs. Think of a freeway system. The superficial venous system is the freeway and when flow starts to “back up” or be impeded, it starts to back up onto the ramps, or varicose veins.
Varicose Veins occur in about 25% of men and 40% of women. Varicose veins have a multitude of causes including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, weight fluctuations, age, prolonged standing, and trauma. In many patients only one leg is affected. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to identify any one reason as to why you have or do not have varicose veins. Heredity is a major risk factor for developing varicose veins.
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Treating Varicose Veins
Our vein doctor in Flower Mound will help decide the best treatment options for your varicose veins. Treatment will not only improve the look of your legs, but it will also treat varicose vein pain and other symptoms caused by vein disease.
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- Diagnosing varicose veins
- Treating varicose veins
- Recovery after varicose vein treatment
- Risks and complications of varicose vein treatment
Dr. Handley Explains Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are larger veins that are either on the surface if they’re seen and that’s what most people would relate to. There can be varicose veins that are not seen on the surface and cause problems too. They are dilated veins and the valves have not been able to function properly for one reason or another. There’s reasons why people get varicose veins, but basically the veins dilate up with a lot of pressure, and they elongate when they get a lot of pressure in them. Then the valves stop working, and that causes more blood to back flow into the veins and causes the problem to become worse.