How Quality of Life is Affected by Varicose Veins

September 3, 2021 • zburt • Varicose VeinsVein CareVein Treatment
Your quality of life can suffer if you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your legs. Often, people with unsightly varicose veins feel uncomfortable wearing bathing suits or shorts and avoid activities they previously enjoyed. The legs of some people with varicose veins may become swollen and feel heavy and achy. The chronic discomfort from these symptoms further reduces the quality of life. People with serious varicose veins may also be at risk of developing dangerous blood clots in their deep veins. Fortunately, there are effective varicose vein procedures that can restore the appearance of your legs and ease pain and discomfort.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Large purple and blue-ish veins

Varicose veins are most commonly found in the legs, but can occur anywhere in the body. A superficial vein, near the surface of the skin, is most likely to be affected.

Swelling in ankles and feet

Swelling may get worse later in the day and in hot weather.

Muscle cramps in legs

Cramps often occur at night.

Throbbing, burning, or itchy sensations.

Treatment can relieve pain and discomfort.

Heaviness, pains, and aches in legs

People don’t always realize that their leg pain is due to their varicose veins and can be successfully treated.

Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Genetic

You have a greater chance of having varicose veins if your parents and other ancestors had them.

Standing and sitting too long

It can be harder for the veins in your legs to pump blood back up to your heart if you stand or sit in the same position for a long time, especially if your legs are crossed.

Obesity

Excess weight will apply pressure on your veins.

Age

As part of the normal process of aging, your veins may get weaker as you get older.

Female hormones

Both men and women can get varicose veins. However, the condition is more common for women. Hormonal changes experienced in puberty, during pregnancy, and during menopause may contribute to this difference.

Pregnancy

Varicose veins can be caused by pressure that the baby you are carrying puts on your abdomen and the veins in your legs. However, these varicose veins may go away three months to a year after giving birth.

Previous injuries

If your legs were injured, your veins may have become weaker.

Varicose Vein Treatments to Consider

VenaSeal

VenaSeal is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment that uses ultrasound to locate the veins and then uses a special adhesive to seal off the veins.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy uses a special solution that is injected into the veins to shrink and close them off.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that closes veins with radiofrequency energy.

Compression Therapy

Wearing prescription-strength compression socks or stockings may temporarily relieve symptoms and keep blood from pooling in the lower legs.

Get Your Varicose Veins Treated at Tri-City Vein in Phoenix, Arizona

At Tri-City Vein Center, we provide many vein treatments options. We invite you to meet our vein physicians in Phoenix and find out more about how you can get rid of your varicose veins and restore your quality of life....

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