Varicose veins are enlarged, twisting veins found on the legs, usually from faulty valves of veins deeper in the skin. They are sometimes blue or dark purple. People with bulging and/or lumpy varicose veins on their legs may experience cramping pain, heaviness, itching or aching.
Nonpainful varicose veins are usually related to larger vein problems under the skin, which eventually may become painful. Occasionally, untreated varicose veins can develop phlebitis, which is caused by clotting and can lead to painful, red, hot, swollen and very tender varicose veins. Eventually, open sores (ulcers) may form on the skin if not treated. The National Institutes of Health estimate that 33% of women and 17% of men in the United States are affected by varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Treatments
Varicose veins result from larger, nonfunctioning veins under the surface. An ultrasound of the legs can find the cause. Several types of techniques can be used to close off the pressure to the varicose vein depending on a patient’s needs.
“ I’ve been dealing with painful varicose veins and aching legs for more than 10 years. What a difference the treatment made! My legs feel so much better and I have more energy to play with my grandchildren!”