Most people who schedule a consultation to visit our vein doctor do so for one of two reasons. They may be concerned about the impact their veins are having on their overall appearance, or they may be concerned about the symptoms and discomforts their vascular condition is causing. However, even if you have signs of problem veins and are not bothered by them, you should still have them checked by our vein doctor to make sure you are not at risk for other health problems that could be caused by the condition.
The condition known as varicose veins is among the leading problems for which people visit our office. They develop when the veins in the legs become enlarged. They do so because the blood inside the vessels begins to pool. This puts added pressure against the walls and is commonly caused by faulty valves inside the veins. They are there to serve as one-way valves that will only let the blood flow in one direction.
Blood in the veins flows toward the heart and lungs in order to receive a fresh supply of oxygen. This means that the blood in the legs is flowing against the pull of gravity for much of the time. If the valves begin to fail, the natural pumping action of the heart is working against the gravitational pull. This is what causes the pooling of the blood.
When varicose veins form, they can usually be easily seen through the skin. They will appear as streaks that are running through the legs and are blue or purple. Sometimes, the skin will bulge out as well. This is because of the enlarged condition of the veins. The bulging impacts the appearance even more. Many people seek the services of our vein doctor for appearance reasons alone since varicose veins do not always produce symptoms.
Individuals that do experience symptoms, however, often feel a significant amount of aching and tiredness in the legs. There could also be some numbness, tingling, itching and burning. A lot of people have swelling of the legs and ankles as well. Many times, the symptoms will become worse as the day progresses.
If you have varicose veins, you may be at risk for other health complications. This is reason enough to see our vein doctor even if you are not concerned about the appearance or are not having symptoms.
Our experienced vein doctor at Palmetto Vein & Aesthetic Center PA can offer a variety of treatment options for varicose veins, as well as spider veins. They can be done on an outpatient basis and generally do not require a long period of downtime for recovery. During a consultation at our office in Lexington, our vein specialist can provide you with more detail after evaluating your condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our vein doctor.