Varicose veins are a disease that develops when a vein valve fails. They swell and become enlarged, often turning dark purple and taking on a bulging appearance. Since veins carry blood towards your heart, a failing vein means that you can develop problems in your extremities. However, varicose veins don’t always produce visible signs. In these instances, the varicose veins are deep inside of your body, making it impossible to see them. Because of this, you might start to experience discomfort, or even pain, in the area where the varicose veins are localized. Since they’re most commonly found in your lower body, that means that yes, varicose veins can cause calf pain.
Choosing the right Doctor to treat your veins can be a challenge, especially because the contemporary treatment of vein disease is quite different than what was done even as recently as 10 years ago. This is due, in part, to the recent U.S. Board Certified medical specialty called Phlebology, which focuses solely on the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. While many physicians offer medical services relating to vein disease, only a few are Board Certified Phlebologists, a specialty that has existed only since 2008. In addition, the modern practice of vein medicine requires mastery of specific medical technology. Again the best practitioners are Certified; this time in Ultrasonography.
As cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by insurance and thus an out-of-pocket expense. However, because vein disease is real disease most of the cost is covered by insurance. Additionally, it is common (25% of the time) for patients to come in for cosmetic procedures like spider vein removal and discover that they have underlying vein disease. If this happen, then insurance covers it all.
There are many common myths about varicose and spider veins. The reasons for many of these misconceptions include outdated treatments as well as a lack of specialization. Over the last decade, however, there have been a number of new medical specialties. One in particular and the newest medical Board Specialty--Phlebology (2008)--, has allowed certified practitioners to reveal the truth behind many of these common myths.
Varicose veins can occur in children as young as 10 years of age. It also can occur in anyone, whether you are male or female and it does not matter the age. The reason being that varicose vein disease is hereditary and your chances of getting them at some point in your life is one out of four. Many people are under the misconception that they generally do not occur until you are much older, which is not true as we explained before, but what is true is that when you get older you are more likely to have them - resulting from unhealthy eating habit, having children, injuries to the legs or hips, your profession, etc.