Obvious and Not-So-Obvious Varicose Veins

Posted in General on February 8, 2019

Are All Varicose Veins Visible?

The short answer to the question is NO, but the reason why is a bit more complicated. The creation of varicose veins occurs when blood isn’t able to travel back to the heart as it should. The outcome is the blood pooling within the vein which can lead to bulgy, unsightly veins. Varicose veins are only visible when the vein is immediately beneath the skin. Many of our veins are hidden beneath the visible layers of skin, and can just as easily become varicose. If an observer were to simply see your legs, they wouldn’t be able to tell for sure if varicosities are present. Luckily, there are other symptoms that might bring you to see a vascular specialist.

What Symptoms Can Mean Varicose Veins?

Tired, heavy, achy legs are among the symptoms many suffer with or without surface varicose veins. Other symptoms can include but might not be limited to:

  • Standing that brings on swollen ankles or feet
  • Red, tender, or warmer locations of your leg
  • Flaky, bleeding, ulcer-like spots on your legs

It is important not to ignore these symptoms. Tired, aching legs may be normal after a long hike, but it is not normal for you to experience these after a short walk or just sitting. If you have a location like this on your body, please seek medical attention. This could be an indication of a blood clot or infection and must be diagnosed and treated immediately.

Should I See a Vein Doctor if I Cannot See Varicose Veins?

When you are tired, you may feel that you are abnormally swollen. Seeing your vein specialists can help ease your discomfort as we will address the underlying causes. Once we have determined the cause of your symptoms, we will continue with the treatment. Depending on your situation, we may start with conservative options such as compression stockings and certain lifestyle changes. If you’re still suffering or your condition improves after conservative treatment, we will continue to evaluate as we go along.

The majority of our treatments are minimally invasive, offer little discomfort, and are non-surgical. Most patients enjoy the benefits of non-invasive surgery. There is sometimes a little need for a self-adhesive bandage and/or over-the-counter pain relievers to quell any discomfort.

For visible varicose veins or other prominent symptoms, such as swelling of the legs or bruising, our free vein screenings may be an option for you. There we can provide you with a small evaluation and from there, determine the course of action. However, if you notice the not-so-obvious symptoms, you will need to schedule a comprehensive exam.

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