Unsightly varicose and spider veins may seem to be a cosmetic issue, but instead are typically a sign of chronic venous insufficiency. This medical condition can cause problems far beyond simply making legs look unattractive.
Many people experience leg pain as a result of their varicose veins, which may appear as swollen, bulging, and gnarled, or they may be internal without visible external indications. However, in either case, painful symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness or achiness in the legs, burning, throbbing, swelling, itchiness, and muscle cramping, especially after extended sitting or standing.
Varicose veins that are left untreated can lead to a number of serious medical conditions, and in most cases, the symptoms only get worse. Because this condition is progressive, even when symptoms aren’t bothersome, more serious conditions can occur when these veins are left untreated.
One of the significant causes of varicose veins and spider veins is poor circulation. Blood can pool in the legs due to weakened valves in the veins. This can cause the veins to enlarge rather than the blood returning properly to the heart and lungs, and as time goes by, the walls of the veins can weaken.
The vein wall weakening can lead to varicose veins bleeding and blood clots, along with other risks that can require urgent medical attention. One of these urgent conditions is deep vein thrombosis, which can occur when a blood clot breaks loose, traveling through the bloodstream and causing a blockage of blood vessels in the lung.
Other complications of varicose veins that remain untreated may include skin changes including darkening, hardening, and leg ulcers. With these come an increased risk for infection in the surrounding tissues.
Since some people incorrectly believe that varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, they may be ignored. Although there are some lifestyle changes that can help to reduce some of the symptoms of varicose veins, they won’t eliminate them.
However, a specialist vein doctor can advise a vein disease treatment that’s right for you. For those who are experiencing varicose or spider veins and who would like a non-surgical option, there are two safe and highly-effective treatments to consider. Sclerotherapy for varicose veins and endovenous laser ablation are two modern vein disease treatments available today.
There’s every reason to speak with a specialist vein doctor today, and most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.
If you would like more information regarding treatment for your varicose veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations: Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.