When should I start to worry about varicose veins?

It is understandable to be worried about varicose veins, however, due to advances in research and modern technology, it is now much easier and affordable to manage and treat them. In this article we will discuss what are the causes and symptoms of varicose veins, as well as self-treatment options and when to seek professional medical help.

What are the causes of varicose veins?

Veins contain tiny one-way valves that open to allow blood to flow up towards our heart. When these valves weaken, blood flows backwards and pools, creating high pressure which causes them to swell and enlarge.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Patients have reported a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Achy, heavy and restless legs;
  • Pain, itching or throbbing over a prominent vein;
  • Swollen ankles and feet;
  • Muscle cramps;
  • Dry skin; and
  • Colour changes in the lower leg.

What are the self-treatment options for varicose veins?

As explained earlier, varicose veins are caused by weakened vein valves and so they cannot heal without professional medical treatment. However, you can manage the symptoms of varicose by carrying out the following:

  • Exercise and movement;
  • Loose clothing and compression stockings;
  • Quitting smoking;
  • Weight and diet; and
  • Massage.

For more information about varicose vein self-treatment options, click here.

When to seek professional medical help for varicose veins

If you are ever in doubt about your varicose veins, particularly if your symptoms do not ease or get worse, we always recommend speaking to an expert vascular consultant like the ones we have here in the Premier Veins team.

The consultant will perform a vein duplex ultrasound scan to assess blood flow and detect poorly functioning valves. This will allow them to fully diagnose your vein condition and provide you with information on the best treatment plans available to you, including Radiofrequency Ablation (a form of Endothermal Ablation) and Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy.

Learn more about these varicose vein treatments in our ‘Best treatment for varicose veins’ article >>

How can we help

At Premier Veins, we offer a FREE, no-obligation mini-consultation for anyone considering varicose vein treatment at one of our private clinics in Birmingham, Solihull, Leamington Spa and London.The consultation will provide you with an opportunity to:

To get started, click here and book your FREE mini-consultation or call 0121 769 2646 to speak to a member of our friendly receptionist team today.

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