Why Are Varicose Veins Painful?

If you’re part of the 35% of American adults who have varicose veins, chances are you’re well-acquainted with heavy, aching legs. You might wonder why varicose veins, while unattractive, are also so painful. 

At Premier Vein & Vascular in Tampa and Largo, Florida, Saleem Saiyad, MD and his team provide cutting-edge treatments to diminish the appearance of varicose veins, as well as any related pain, swelling, and other associated symptoms.

Dr. Saiyad has years of experience in helping patients like you get rid of their varicose veins. He shares his knowledge to help you find relief and get the treatment you need. Let’s start by exploring varicose vein basics, including what they are, what causes them, and how to treat them.

About varicose veins

Varicose veins are blue or purple, twisted, ropey veins that appear on your legs. They’re often accompanied by:

Your symptoms may feel worse after long periods of sitting still or standing. 

Varicose vein causes

There are many old wives’ tales about the causes of varicose veins, such as sitting with crossed legs. The fact is, varicose veins form because of chronic venous insufficiency. Your veins have tiny valves that push your blood back up to your heart and lungs. When these valves are damaged or weak, not only do they fail to push your blood back to your heart, but your blood could leak backward and pool. As the blood collects in a section of the vein, it swells and becomes visible on the surface of your skin. 

Of course, there are risk factors for varicose veins:

Women are also more likely than men to develop varicose veins, but men can also get them.

What causes the pain?

When your blood doesn’t flow properly, it can cause all kinds of problems. Your blood and other fluids can seep into the soft tissue of your feet, ankles, and legs, causing swelling and infection. Your varicose veins might also become inflamed and form blood clots, which further disrupts your circulation. The problems can even seep into your skin, causing discoloration, a leathery texture, and an unbearable itch.

When to talk to a doctor

Many people live with varicose veins for years before seeking treatment. You should make an appointment with Dr. Saiyad if you have any pain, swelling, or other uncomfortable symptoms. Varicose veins are usually very easy to treat.

Varicose vein treatments

Here at Premier Vein & Vascular, Dr. Saiyad provides an extensive range of treatments for varicose veins, including sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, and microphlebation.

Call Premier Vein & Vascular or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your varicose vein treatment options and say goodbye to leg pain for good. 

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