Anyone can develop varicose veins, and while they may not result in painful symptoms in most cases, they can significantly hurt your self-confidence. In severe cases, these unsightly veins can interfere with your mobility and ability to perform your daily tasks. The Scottsdale Vascular Clinic specialists offer several treatments that eliminate varicose veins, restoring your self-confidence and quality of life.
How varicose veins develop
Varicose veins refer to cord-like, purplish veins. They often develop at the back of the legs due to increased pressure in the veins in the lower body when walking or standing. Every time your heart pumps blood into the arteries, it travels into your capillaries which transport nutrients to your cells. They then carry the deoxygenated blood from the cells back to the heart. When the valves in your veins malfunction, the blood accumulates, causing the vein walls to twist and bulge, leading to varicose veins.
For most people, varicose veins are merely an aesthetic concern, while for others, the affected veins may lead to pain and difficulty walking. In some cases, varicose veins can result in severe complications such as venous ulcers. If your varicose veins cause any discomfort or if their appearance affects your self-esteem, inform your doctor.
When to consult our doctor about varicose veins
The signature symptom of varicose veins is prominent, twisted veins at the back of your legs. In most cases, varicose veins are not an alarming disorder. However, severe veins may elevate your risk of blood clots, making it vital to inform your doctor immediately if they start causing any symptoms. If you notice skin discoloration or ulcers around the affected veins, soreness, pain or aching in your legs, swelling in your feet, legs, or ankles, and heaviness after exercise, seek immediate medical attention. You can also consult your physician about the treatments for these unsightly veins even if you don’t experience any symptoms.
Popular myths about varicose veins
Although varicose veins can potentially cause severe symptoms, some myths may prevent you from seeking the help you need. Some people believe that varicose veins are unpreventable. Although your genetics may increase your risk of the disorder, you can still prevent it. Some preventative measures you can take include wearing a support hose, regular exercise, attaining and maintaining a medically ideal weight, and elevating your feet when sitting. Another myth is that treatments for varicose veins are painful. The practice uses cutting-edge technology to offer practical and painless treatments. They may also administer local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout your treatment.
Treatment options for varicose veins
For mild varicose veins, your provider may recommend lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding long-standing periods, using compression stockings, and exercising regularly to improve blood circulation. If you have severe varicose veins, your doctor may recommend surgical intervention. Vein ligation and stripping is a minimally invasive procedure your provider can conduct under anesthesia. The technique involves removing the affected veins through tiny incisions on your skin.
If your varicose veins affect the quality of your life, call the practice or book your spot online for treatment.