Recognizing the Symptoms
Varicose veins left untreated can become a more serious problem. Varicose veins are a common physical sign of venous insufficiency or vein disease. Vein disease affects over 30 percent of the population. This condition can occur when the valves or walls in your leg veins become weak or damaged.
Healthy veins work when their one-way valves keep your blood flowing back to your heart. Weakened or damaged veins are unable to efficiently push the blood up to your heart, often leading to blood pooling in your veins. As more blood begins to pool in your leg veins, you may start to see or feel the symptoms of vein disease, including varicose veins.
It is a misconception that varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue. Underlying venous insufficiency and poor circulation can lead to chronic, daily pain. This chronic pain can lead to people avoiding activities that require an extensive amount of time standing or walking. Without treatment, they can become worse and cause uncomfortable or painful symptoms such as:
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Aching or tired legs
- Burning in calf or thigh
- Leg pain that goes away when you walk or raise your legs
- Dry or itchy skin
- Not being able to stand for extended periods of time
- Leg wounds that are slow or non-healing
- Numbness or tingling in legs
Experiencing one or more of these symptoms may indicate vein disease. While vein disease is not usually life-threatening, if left untreated it can lead to more serious medical conditions. To fully understand the importance of getting underlying venous insufficiency treated, check out our expansive list of frequently asked questions by clicking the button below.
Risks of Varicose Veins Left Untreated
Varicose veins are not a one-size fits all when it comes to the severity of signs and symptoms. For some people, varicose veins left untreated will remain the same, while others may find their pain becoming worse over time. It is important to note that varicose veins will not go away on their own and require treatment to improve signs and symptoms.
The most common conditions associated with untreated varicose veins include:
- Venous Ulcer: Ulcers are open wounds or sores on your legs or ankles that occur when blood continues to pool in your veins. They may start off as a slow-healing break in the skin and typically get worse over time if left untreated. Venous ulcers can be tender around the wound, exude discharge, and lead to infection.
- Skin Discoloration: Untreated vein disease can cause your skin to become dry, hardened, or discolored. People with skin discoloration may notice areas of their calves, thighs, or ankles becoming tinted brown, purple, or dark blue. In some cases, it may look like a bad bruise.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): This is a condition that occurs when blood clots in one of the body’s deep veins, usually in the legs. Blood clots can cause symptoms like pain, swelling, discoloration, cramping, or warmth to the affected area. If the blood clots break loose, they can travel through your bloodstream and enter your lungs causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). This very serious condition can look like vein disease, which is why it is essential to monitor your symptoms and talk to your doctor.
These conditions are most often caused by untreated vein disease. To prevent these conditions, you need to contact your doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms related to vein disease.
Treating Underlying Venous Insufficiency
USA Vein Clinics is a trusted vein treatment center. This medical facility has top vascular surgeons who can perform varicose vein treatment for each patient’s individual needs. These minimally invasive procedures will help in alleviating the painfulness and discomfort caused by the symptoms of varicose veins and other vein diseases. You no longer need to have varicose veins go untreated.
We make it our mission to support our patients in every step of the treatment right from the initial diagnosis through the recovery plan.
Being one of the leading varicose vein treatment centers, every vein treatment procedure carried out by the vein specialists of this treatment center is approved by the FDA.
Our physicians are committed to helping patients suffering from vein conditions lead a happier, healthier, more active lifestyle. Our vein doctors strive to make varicose vein treatments and spider vein treatments as stress-free and simple as possible for their patients.