Varicose Vein Treatments Montebello

Varicose veins are a common problem affecting approximately 1 in 4 women and as much as 10 percent of men. They are caused by weakened valves that allow blood to pool in the veins, causing them to become swollen, blue and twisted. Varicose veins usually appear near the surface of the skin along the legs and ankles. Left untreated, they may become aggravated and grow worse over time.

Varicose veins become increasingly common with age and tend to run in families. Though anyone can develop varicosities, people who are overweight, pregnant or who stand for long periods of time are at increased risk of the condition. People with varicose veins may be bothered by their appearance and the uncomfortable symptoms they sometimes cause. Fortunately, there are treatments available to close off varicose veins, helping to minimize their appearance and eliminate discomfort.

Varicose Vein Symptoms

  • Appearance of abnormally swollen, knotted, or distended superficial leg veins
  • Leg pain (an aching or cramping feeling)
  • Heaviness/Tiredness
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Swelling/Throbbing
  • Tender areas around the veins

If you suffer from these symptoms, you may have venous reflux disease. Venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is a medical condition that affects the circulation of blood in the legs and commonly produces varicose veins.

Varicose veins will not fade away without treatment and may aggravate over time. If left untreated, you are at risk of further complications including:

  • Inflammation (phlebitis)
  • Blood clots (e.g., DVT) and severe infections. Blood clots can be very dangerous because they can move from leg veins and travel to the lungs. Blood clots in the lungs are life-threatening because they can block the heart and lungs from functioning.
  • Ankle sores or skin ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Ongoing irritation, swelling and painful rashes of the legs