Varicose veins can impact an individual’s appearance in such a way that the self-esteem can suffer. They usually appear as large, blue streaks that run under the surface of the skin. They can sometimes make the skin bulge out in a way that resembles pieces of rope. This is due to their size. In addition to the appearance problems the condition can cause, individuals with varicose veins can suffer symptoms as well. The symptoms of varicose veins are often severe enough to make daily living difficult.
An individual who has varicose veins that are producing symptoms often find that the level of discomfort increases as the day goes on. This is especially true for those who must either spend a lot of time on their feet or in a stationary seated position for extended periods.
Varicose veins can cause the legs to ache at times. Sometimes, the aching is accompanied by a burning sensation. Many individuals experience numbness in the legs. Others find that there is a tingling sensation around the veins. Swelling of the lower legs and ankles can be something with which those who have the condition struggle as well.
One of the things that can be done to minimize the discomforts produced by varicose veins is elevating the legs as much as possible. This is sometimes easier said than done, especially for people who work. Those who work jobs that must be done while seated should get up and move around whenever possible to alleviate some of the discomforts they might otherwise have to endure.
In addition to the uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins, they can put a person at a higher risk for other health problems as well. Deep vein thrombosis is one of them. This is when a clot occurs in a vein that is located deep within one of the legs. These clots have a higher likelihood of breaking free and traveling through the veins to the lungs. This can cause serious health issues and can even be fatal.
If you have symptoms of varicose veins, you should schedule an appointment with us at Canada Vein Clinics. We can help to determine if you should have the condition treated. You can also get some valuable advice as to the type of therapy that is likely to be the most beneficial for you. Even if your varicose veins are not causing symptoms, having them checked is still something you should do. The lack of symptoms does not necessarily mean there are no risks involved.
Canada Vein Clinics has offices in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Ottawa, Orleans, Vaughan, Kawartha Lakes, Kanata, Dartmouth, Halifax and Moncton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to talk about your vein symptoms.