3 Common Varicose Vein Symptoms to Be Aware Of.
Varicose and spider veins effect 1 out of every 4 individuals in the US today, yet many people are still unaware of the associated symptoms. One of the biggest reasons for this is because vein disease is a progressive disease, meaning that it gets worse over time if left untreated. Therefore, people experience the symptoms more gradually and frequently ignore the signs as simply a product of getting older. The truth is that varicose vein disease is a real disease, and has symptoms that are easy to detect with the right knowledge. Here is a list of the 3 most common varicose vein symptoms to be aware of.
1. Leg Swelling.
Varicose veins are the result of what is known as venous reflux - where the veins become damaged and can no longer pump blood back to the heart. Due to gravity, the blood begins to pool in your legs and causes significant swelling. While varicose veins tend to appear in both legs, it is common for one leg to be noticeably more swollen than the other.
Here’s a Tip. If you notice any leg swelling, particularly near your ankles, take a measuring tape and measure each ankle at the same point to see the difference (if any). If one ankle is more than an 1/8 of an inch bigger you may want to see a vein specialist to determine the root cause of your swelling.
2. Leg Pain.
Just like swelling in the legs, venous reflux can cause pain to occur in your legs and ankles. Often the pain feels like an uncomfortable feeling or a throbbing pain rather than sharp pain, and can keep you up at night from restless legs or inhibit your mobility throughout the day.
Here’s a Tip. If you notice leg pain that continues regularly throughout the day, and never seems to go away regardless of changes in your daily activities, you may want to get a good pair of compression stockings and schedule a consultation with a local Venous and Lymphatic Specialist.
3. Leg Discoloration.
Another common feature of venous disease is discoloration near the ankles and calves as a result of the first two symptoms. Generally, the skin will become sensitive to the touch and may turn colors or red, blue, and even brown indicating poor circulation.
Here’s a Tip. If you notice that one or both of your legs are discolored, particularly near your ankles and does not go away within a few weeks and is not the result of a sports, etc related injury, you may want to get a doppler duplex ultrasound from a vein doctor to determine if you have underlying vein disease.
Our Philosophy. Find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.
At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).
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