Varicose veins are veins close to the skin's surface that have become enlarged and misshapen. They often appear as ropey or bulging veins that protrude from the skin and are usually dark purple or blue.
Though varicose veins are generally a cosmetic issue, they can occasionally cause pain and discomfort, especially after long periods of standing or walking. This discomfort can range from heavy, fatigued legs and itching to swelling, burning, or throbbing.
It should also be noted that varicose veins are often confused with spider veins. These are actually two different conditions and Dr. Parsons will be able to explain the differences between varicose veins and spider veins during your initial appointment.
Here’s a look at what causes varicose veins, along with common symptoms and when to seek medical care.
While arteries carry blood away from your heart, veins carry blood to your heart. Varicose veins are weakened or damaged veins that cannot force your blood up from your legs strongly enough, allowing blood to flow back down into your legs and pool, stretching and twisting the veins.
A variety of factors can put you at risk for varicose veins.
There is also growing evidence that suggests estrogen impacts varicose veins, placing women in general at further risk for them. In addition, prolonged standing, walking, or sitting with crossed legs can exacerbate varicose veins, making many industries risk factors for many individuals.
Now that we know what causes varicose veins, how to know if you have them?
Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:
There are many ways to get rid of varicose veins, from lifestyle changes to minimally invasive medical procedures and treatment.
The best type of treatment for you will depend on the severity of your condition. This is why it’s important to seek medical advice early and get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Having leaky valves in your veins progressively leads to venous hypertension. If this becomes severe it can lead to:
Unfortunately, varicose veins cannot be reversed, and, depending on your risk factors—such as family history or gender—you may be unable to prevent them completely. However, you can take various measures to reduce their prominence, mitigate any discomfort, and perhaps even minimize their progression.
Varicose Vein Treatment, Before/After
Varicose veins can be stubborn to manage and unsightly. Some remedies, such as those mentioned above, can help minimize pain and discomfort and keep you moving.
Varicose vein risk factors that increase your chance of developing a blood clot include:
If you are concerned about the appearance or severity of your varicose veins, CardioVascular Health Clinic can help. The team at Cardiovascular Health Clinic specializes in vein disorders and diseases and can determine if you are at an elevated risk for complications from your varicose veins. We also offer a wide array of medical options for treating your varicose veins. Call us today at (405) 701-9880 or fill out the contact form below.
During your initial meeting with Dr. Parsons, he will perform a physical exam of your legs to:
The first line of treatment is often non-operative and is typically required by your insurance company. There are a number of self-care treatment options Dr. Parsons may suggest in order to fulfill the requirements of your insurance plan, such as:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Parsons will ask many questions and have his staff contact your insurance company for pre-authorization. This will help create your treatment plan and the expectations for a course of action for treatment.
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