Varicose Veins Symptoms & Causes
Have you started to notice deeply colored veins in your legs that seem strange? Are you worried about a family member who frequently has swollen or painful legs? It’s normal to wonder if the problem is vein disease in these situations. Knowing the symptoms of spider veins and varicose veins can help you find the answer.
How Can You Tell If You Have Vein Disease?
The symptoms of vein disease can vary significantly depending on how long you’ve had the problem and other health factors. In fact, some people barely notice any symptoms aside from the cosmetic appearance of spider veins. For other people, aching and burning sensations appear from the very beginning. These common symptoms usually appear in one or both legs:
- Leg cramps
- Swollen ankles/legs
- Persistent aches or sharp pain
- Strange feelings of heaviness or pressure in your legs
In addition to discomfort, you may also see the telltale appearance of spider veins or varicose veins. If you’re on the fence about whether you have vein disease, you’re not the only one. It can be tricky to be sure, especially at the beginning.
Why Is It Important To Detect Varicose Veins & Vein Disease As Soon As Possible?
For some people, vein disease can cause significant pain or discomfort. It’s hard to have a normal day when your legs ache or burn constantly. Even worse, when nighttime comes, it’s not easy to fall asleep if you have throbbing or itching from varicose veins. Fortunately, vein issues aren’t something you have to live with. Our compassionate health professionals can help you find relief. Whether you’re working, spending time you’re your family, relaxing on the patio, or putting on your pajamas, you can feel comfortable and happy.
Another reason that acting ASAP to resolve vein problems matters is that these conditions can progress if left untreated. At first, you may only notice a few spider veins that don’t really bother you. However, over time, blood vessels can expand into swollen varicose veins. This happens as damaged valves that control normal blood flow start to weaken and allow blood to put too much pressure on artery walls. Other serious complications can appear as well, such as blood clots. The great news is that these conditions are preventable and treatable, so there’s nothing to worry about as long as you keep your veins as healthy as possible.
Finally, catching vein disease while it’s still young is good for your self-esteem. We’ve spoken with many women and men who feel self-conscious about spider veins and varicose veins. They may shy away from wearing shorts, bathing suits, or dresses that they used to love merely because they don’t want people to see the purplish veins. There’s no reason to put yourself through that experience. Modern vein disease treatments generally have great success in reducing or eliminating the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins.
What Are the Stages of Vein Disease?
It’s important to recognize the signs of vein disease now to prevent further complications. We can help explain how vein disease can progress and what signs to consider. There are seven main stages of vein disease, ranging from signs that are less obvious to more serious.
Stage 1 – Vein Swelling:
- At this stage, most of the damage is happening underneath the surface. Know that vein disease may not be visible yet. You may have vein disease even if you do not see varicose veins at the skin’s surface. Symptoms include leg pain, aches or cramps, throbbing, itching, heaviness in your legs, burning, swollen legs or ankles, and restless legs.
Stage 2 – Spider Veins:
- Keep a lookout for spider veins. Spider veins are small, damaged veins that appear on the legs’ surface. They can be blue, purple, or red, and look like thin lines, web-like networks, or branches. These veins can cause aching, burning, or pain.
Stage 3 – Varicose Veins:
- Watch for varicose veins, which are enlarged, swollen veins that are often dark purple or blue in color. Primary symptoms are pain, swelling, heaviness, and discoloration. The veins can bleed, and ulcers can form when the disease progresses. The extra weight can make your legs feel exhausted or painful after a long day.
Stage 4 – Heavy Legs and Tiredness (Edima):
- Check to see if you are experiencing edema. This is swelling in the legs and ankles. Leaky valves cause blood to pool in your legs, which causes swelling when you are on your feet for long periods of time.
Stage 5 – Ankle Symptoms (Corona Phlebectatica):
- Look for corona phlebectatica, which are abnormally visible blood vessels at the ankles that look like blue and red spider veins. Common symptoms are pain, itching, a burning sensation, and swelling.
Stage 6 – Skin Darkening or Hardening:
- Be aware of skin changes. Bleeding and fluid buildup caused by damaged veins can affect the skin’s color. Progressive skin changes can lead to leg ulcers. Symptoms include pain, hardening of the skin, and skin color changes.
Stage 7 – Serious Complications:
- Watch for leg ulcers. This stage produces a wound on the leg or ankle caused by abnormal or damaged veins, leading to venous hypertension and a breakdown of the tissue. Patients also have an increased risk of developing blood clots at this stage, a potentially life-threatening condition. It’s urgent to act quickly to treat vein disease by stage 7, but it’s even better to catch it long before.
As a reminder, you can reach out to us anytime for more information about vein disease and request a screening. Don’t hesitate to also ask your existing health care team – a nurse, family doctor, or podiatrist – about vein disease and be honest and open about your symptoms.
What Should You Do If You Think You Have Vein Disease?
If your first thought when noticing signs of vein disease is to visit a doctor, you’re absolutely on the right track. However, it’s not enough to go to your favorite general practitioner. You need a vein specialist — someone who understands how to correct faulty veins effectively and painlessly.
There are three easy steps to receiving great results.
- Schedule Consultation: Scheduling your first appointment is easy. Contact us today for a free screening.
- Health Insurance: Talk through health insurance benefits with one of our insurance experts. After receiving your approval letter, we will reach out to you about financial planning.
- Schedule Vein Treatment: Leading-edge, minimally invasive treatment options are performed in our state-of-the-art facility by Dr. Rimas Gilvydis. We provide quick, convenient in-office treatment with excellent results that require little-to-no downtime.
Why wait to schedule a consultation for varicose or spider veins, or consider treatment that can help address leg pain and discomfort? Act now to stop the progression of vein disease, which if left untreated can harm your quality of life and limit your active lifestyle. Call (779) 696-8346 today. Don’t hesitate to also ask your existing health care team – a nurse, family doctor, or podiatrist – about vein disease and be honest and open about your symptoms.