What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are caused when the valves in the veins do not function properly. This allows blood to pool in the veins, instead of being circulated to your heart. As more blood accumulates, the veins will become swollen and twisted. Varicose veins appear enlarged, twisted, or bulging and are most commonly seen in the legs. These veins may also appear discolored and cause swelling or pain around the affected vein.
What Are the Risk Factors of Varicose Veins?
Anyone can develop varicose veins, but there are some factors that increase your risk. You’re more likely to develop varicose veins if you:
- Stand or sit for prolonged periods
- Are overweight or obese
- Have a family history of varicose veins
- Are over the age of 45
- Have a history of blood clots or vein disease
- Are or have been pregnant
Do I Have Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are a sign of vein disease. Other signs and symptoms of vein disease include:
- Leg pain that is relieved when legs are raised
- Slow or non-healing wounds
- Skin discoloration or changes in texture
- Swelling in your ankles or feet
- A feeling of heaviness or cramping in your legs
- Burning or itching
- Restless legs
What Are the Risks of Varicose Veins?
If left untreated, varicose veins can cause complications like venous ulcers, blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These conditions can become very painful and affect your quality of life, which is why it is important to receive treatment for vein disease.
How Do We Treat Varicose Veins at USA Vein Clinics?
At USA Vein Clinics, our patients are provided with the expertise, compassion, and commitment to the care they deserve. If you have varicose veins in your legs, reach out to our team today to learn more about our treatment options.