Discomfort but no Visible Symptoms? It Could be Varicose Veins.
- Posted on: Aug 30 2016
Varicose veins. They are unattractive, frustrating, and uncomfortable. This is about as much as most people seem to know about this venous problem. The reality is that varicose veins may not even be visible. They may develop beneath surface tissue, but still cause issues such as leg pain, cramping, and swelling.
Why Varicose Veins Become Painful
When varicose veins leak, waste products and blood are released into the general tissues of the lower extremity. This creates increased pressure, not to mention toxins, in the leg. When this happens, the leg may feel generally fatigued. It may feel heavy or achy. One of the descriptions that we hear from patients is that the leg or legs feel like “lead weights.” This sensation may worsen as the day goes on, whether one sits or stands for long periods. At the end of the day, putting the legs up may sound like the best thing that could be done. This, along with cool compresses, can, in fact, temporarily improve comfort.
If leg pain does not improve much with elevation and compression, medical care should be sought to evaluation the condition of veins in the legs. Varicose veins that are hidden internally may eventually lead to ulcerations on the leg, which could indicate chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Treating Varicose Veins with Appropriate Therapies
Most people have heard of sclerotherapy. This common treatment has been widely performed to close unhealthy varicose and spider veins. The sclerotherapy procedure involves injecting veins with a solution formulated to instigate their closure by causing irritation to the vein wall. Sometimes, sclerotherapy needs to be conducted over a few visits in order to achieve the desired outcome.
At The Vein Clinic, patients from the Columbia area have options in how their problematic veins are treated. Dr. Reynolds may recommend that veins be treated with Venaseal, pharmaceutical ablation, or endovenous thermal ablation, which involves radiofrequency or laser energy.
The most appropriate method of treating varicose veins can be determined by a thorough examination, consultation, and discussion of the desired results. To learn more about our treatment options, contact our office at (803) 253-8667.