Varicose Vein Symptoms

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins appear when vein valves become damaged or weakened. These failing vein valves prevent blood from efficiently returning to the heart, causing blood to accumulate in the vein and eventually resulting in the vein’s enlargement. Although this process can affect all veins, varicose veins specifically refer to the larger veins. When smaller veins and capillaries go through a similar process, they are referred to as spider veins.


Early Signs of Varicose Veins

Before varicose veins become visible beneath the surface of the skin, you may experience some early varicose vein symptoms including:

  • Light red spots on your lower legs
  • Dull aching in the legs
  • Swollen feet after standing for long periods of time
  • Thickened or hardened skin

Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins

In addition to visibly swollen and twisted veins, varicose veins can present a combination of the following symptoms: 

  • Swelling
  • Aching
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Numbness
  • Cramping
  • Heavy/tiredness in feet or legs
  • Discoloration
  • Healed Sores
  • Unhealed Sores

Risk Factors

The following people have a higher risk of developing varicose veins: 

  • Those with a family history of varicose veins and venous disorders
  • Those over the age of 50
  • Pregnant women
  • Those who spend long periods of time on their feet or sit for long periods of time as a part of their job
  • Those who are obese or overweight
  • Those with diabetes
  • Those with previous leg injuries

Relief for Varicose Vein Symptoms

Symptoms may be relieved by elevating the legs, wearing compression stockings, and lifestyle changes such as regular exercise.

If you believe you’re experiencing varicose vein symptoms, call Summit Skin & Vein Care to schedule your complimentary vein screening. We provide innovative diagnostic services and minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options, helping those with varicose veins in the Kansas City area.

Varicose Vein Treatment

As Summit Skin & Vein Care, we offer varicose vein treatment, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) Treatment and Endovenous Chemical Ablation (EVCA) Treatment options are minimally invasive and require little-to-no downtime. During your first visit, we can walk you through your treatment options and help you decide which one is right for you.

Call Summit Skin & Vein Care for Varicose Vein Treatment

Take your first step towards renewed confidence and comfort—call Summit Skin & Vein Care today to schedule your complimentary vein screening!


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