When to See A Doctor About Your Varicose Veins Symptoms

see a doctor about your varicose veinsMany people assume that varicose veins are solely a cosmetic issue, and that to seek treatment would be for aesthetic appearance purposes only. However, varicose veins are actually a medical condition that quite often require treatment. So, let’s take a look at why varicose veins form, what symptoms they cause, and when you should seek a consultation about your treatment options.

Varicose veins typically occur on the legs and ankles when small, one-way valves fail to keep blood moving in one direction towards the heart. When these valves begin to fail, gravity pulls the blood backward into the veins. Over time, the stagnant blood engorges the vein which results in the bulging, ropy appearance of varicose veins.  

Aside from contributing to the unsightly appearance of varicose veins, the engorgement of the veins also causes the symptoms that are common with this disease. The increased venous pressure creates an inflammatory response within the vein which irritates the muscles and nerves nearby. As a result, leg symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Heaviness
  • Burning
  • Aching, or fatigue
  • Restlessness

Many people experience a combination of these symptoms even though the veins in their legs do not appear to be bulging. That’s because varicose veins aren’t always visible. In fact, visible varicose veins are often just the proverbial tip of the iceberg which is why it’s important to monitor your symptoms and know when it’s time to seek medical advice.

You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding of the veins
  • Veins that are warm or sore to the touch
  • The skin on your leg or ankle has thickened and changed color
  • A rash or skin sores near your ankle
  • Sudden swelling

Those symptoms may indicate more serious venous issues that could require immediate attention. However, you should schedule a consultation to have your veins evaluated if any of the more typical symptoms such as aching, restlessness, and swelling are affecting your lifestyle in any way. You should also schedule a consultation if varicose veins are causing you embarrassment or are keeping you from doing things you love, like going to the beach or wearing shorts on a hot summer day.

Varicose veins are a chronic and progressive condition, so it’s best to seek advice at the earliest sign of symptoms, before they take a toll on your health or quality of life.

At East Tennessee Vein Clinic, we commonly hear patients say that they wished they’d sought treatment sooner than they did. Too many people delay treatment because they fear it will be painful, or expensive. But when they realize that treatment options are quick and non-invasive, plus typically covered by insurance, they’re ready to reclaim their healthy legs.

If you’re ready to be free of the symptoms varicose veins are causing, schedule a consultation with East Tennessee Vein Clinic. Your initial consultation will be 30-45 minutes, including a painless ultrasound screening of your legs to map out the extent of your varicose veins. You’ll be advised on which treatments options would best alleviate your vein disease, and you’ll receive a detailed report describing your diagnosis as a courtesy to your primary care physician.

As the first clinic dedicated solely to the treatment of vein disease, East Tennessee Vein Clinic leads the region in experience and expertise of varicose veins. We treat veins differently than other clinics because we care about getting to and treating the root cause of each patient’s vein disease.

Call East Tennessee Vein Clinic at 866-281-VEIN, or request an appointment online today.

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