Varicose veins are surface-level veins which have become dilated and twisted. Varicose veins develop when there is increased pressure or stretching of the veins, keeping the valves in the veins from functioning well. While they certainly look unattractive, they are much more than a cosmetic concern. They are often symptomatic, causing heaviness, fatigue, aching, burning, throbbing, itching, and cramping. These symptoms are typically worse with prolonged sitting or standing and are relieved by elevating the legs, walking, or wearing compression stockings. The severity of symptoms, ironically, does not correlate with the size or number of varicose veins present. Vein disorders are not always visible from the surface, so a careful evaluation by a vein specialist is needed to determine the extent of the problem.
In addition to the symptoms they cause, varicose veins increase the risk of more serious complications including deep and superficial blood clots and the skin damage associated with chronic venous insufficiency.
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Treatment Options: Compression therapy, sclerotherapy, ablations and phlebectomy.
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