Many people recognize varicose veins when they occur because of the classic dark blue or purple raised veins on the legs and feet. Individuals sometimes seek treatment for aesthetic purposes, wanting their legs returned to their natural color and smoothness. However, there are more than cosmetic concerns when it comes to varicose veins. The risks of ignoring vein issues can expose people to serious health complications.
Signs of swelling include a tightening of your skin or even an impression left in your ankle or shin after removing your socks and shoes.
The exact cause of varicose veins isn’t completely understood, but they most commonly occur in women and can result from occupations that keep you on your feet for extended periods of time, pregnancy, and genetic predisposition. When left untreated, they can cause excessive pain and cause debilitating ulcers.
Surprising Risks of Ignoring Vein Issues
1. Limited Mobility
Varicose veins impact the flow of blood through the veins of the lower extremities to the heart. This reversal of flow can cause swelling, discomfort, and skin changes which can limit mobility.
2. Persistent Itching
One of the most common indications of untreated varicose veins is an aggravating “itching” sensation. Frequently, it is often misdiagnosed as dry skin as the varicose veins are not yet obvious to the eye. Fortunately, this symptom is mild and is relieved by treatment of the underlying venous problem.
3. Severe Swelling
As pressure builds within the veins, fluid from the pooling blood can leak into the surrounding tissues, causing severe swelling. Signs of swelling include a tightening of your skin or even an impression left in your ankle or shin after removing your socks and shoes. In more severe cases, your shoes may not fit and your leg may become very swollen. The skin may even leak a clear or yellowish fluid.
4. Skin Ulceration
As the body’s tissues are stretched from swelling, its microscopic nature can be altered resulting in discoloration, thickening, and eventually ulceration. Some of these changes can be permanent, although we have great success at getting ulcers to heal quickly by treating the underlying venous issue.
If you suspect you have varicose veins, we encourage you to contact the Indiana Vein and Laser Center. We have years of experience treating individuals just like you with personalized and attentive care. Call us today for your conveniently scheduled consultation: Fort Wayne, Indiana 260.432.7654 and Fishers, Indiana 317.915.8323.