As one of the most common health conditions in the United States, it’s easy to think that varicose veins can be left alone and ignored. However, did you know varicose veins can be a sign of an underlying issue? Nearly 40 million people have varicose veins, but less than 10 percent actually seek treatment for their leg pain. Many people tend to focus on the visibility of varicose veins and are not aware that this underlying condition can lead to leg pain, heaviness, swelling, restlessness, etc. over time.
Here’s what you need to know about the bulging vein in your legs and how to know when you should get treatment.
What are varicose veins?
One of the most common misconceptions about varicose veins is that they post no real health concern and are just unsightly. Varicose veins are just one of the visible signs of underlying venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency, also known as vein disease, is a result of damaged vein valves that cause blood to pool within the legs. This poor circulation often leads to symptoms such as:
- Restlessness, especially at night
- Leg cramping or aching
- Feeling that your leg is being weighed down
- Itching or burning sensation
- Difficulty standing for long periods of time
- Swelling in the calves or ankles
- Slow-healing or non-healing wounds
- Skin discoloration
If you notice any of the above symptoms, these may be a good indication that you need vein treatment. But what if you don’t have any of the above symptoms, do you still need to worry about treating your varicose veins?
How to know when you need treatment
If you have a predisposition for vein disease, it is a good idea to get checked. Early detection and treatment of damaged vein valves can help you avoid painful symptoms in the future. Your vein specialist will be able to create a custom vein treatment plan that fits your individual needs. If you’re just beginning to experience leg pain or discomfort, it’s important to not ignore your symptoms. Many people think their symptoms are caused by aging or arthritis and tend to put off getting checked for vein disease. Treating the underlying issue and repairing the broken valves can help relieve pain and prevent a worsening condition.
How to fix varicose veins
At USA Vein Clinics, we treat the source of varicose veins to resolve health symptoms and reduce their appearance. Treating the root cause of your varicose veins is important to reduce the occurrence of these bulging, twisted veins.
Your treatment solution will depend on your unique situation. We offer minimally invasive, outpatient options to treat varicose veins and underlying venous insufficiency: Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), Varithena, and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy. If you have searched, “varicose vein removal” you’ll be relieved to hear that nonsurgical vein treatments do not physically remove any veins from the body. Instead, we utilize nonsurgical techniques and ultrasound guidance to provide our patients with treatments that are effective, low-risk, and outpatient; meaning they can return to their normal, everyday activities immediately following their visit.
Our treatments are all FDA-approved and offer our patients effective, lasting results for their varicose vein pain.
How can I find a vein doctor near me?
At USA Vein Clinics, we believe vein treatment should be easily accessible and convenient. We have convenient locations across the United States that will let you fit treating painful varicose veins into your busy life. Search through dozens of locations by using our online interactive map or entering your zip code. After you find the closest treatment center, you can schedule an appointment at any time thanks to our convenient scheduling form.
We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more active life! Don’t wait for your symptoms to worsen, take control and get relief today. Call 888-768-3467 to schedule your appointment today.