Everyone knows the visible signs of vein health problems: spider veins, those dark, unsightly bulges that tend to appear on your legs. But what about the ones you can’t see? These are equally important to recognize, as knowing them may help you detect and treat your health problems early before symptoms progress.
Did you know that tired, heavy legs; restless leg syndrome; and legs that just “don’t feel right” are all symptoms of venous reflux disease, a condition that affects the circulation of blood to your lower body?
Yes, it’s true: while varicose veins are obvious signs of this problem, achy legs and other, non-visual cues are also likely indications of circulatory problems in your legs. Here’s why:
Understanding Vein Disease
When your leg veins are healthy, their valves open and close to help your blood return to your heart. When you have diseased veins, however, the valves aren’t able to perform properly, and blood will likely start to pool in your legs. This pooling can cause you to experience varicose veins, changes in skin color and/or swollen limbs; you may also experience non-visible symptoms like pain or tired and heavy legs.
Many people are tempted to ignore these symptoms, thinking the’re more of a nuisance than a true medical problem, but this just isn’t the case. All of these symptoms are signs of vein disease; if left untreated, your compromised blood circulation may affect your body’s ability to heal itself. When this happens, small wounds can develop into ulcers–difficult-to-heal infections that frequently lead to amputations!
Because of the potential for life-threatening complications, you should see your Houston vein specialists for a comprehensive vein scan at the first sign of any symptoms of venous reflux. If you do have the disease,
If you do have venous reflux disease, don’t worry: there are a wide variety of treatment options available to you. First, we can begin by having you wear support stockings. You can also try keeping your legs up, incorporating light exercise and working on maintaining a healthy weight to help manage your symptoms. Of course, none of these measures will cure your vein disease so, if problems continue, further action will be necessary.
In our office, we offer several different treatments to cure varicose veins and venous reflux disease. From vein ablation, an outpatient procedure that uses heat to permanently close diseased veins, to sclerotherapy, a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure to eliminate varicose veins that aren’t seriously diseased, there’s a procedure to fit your needs. The key to picking your treatment plan is knowing how far your disease has progressed, so we recommend scheduling a comprehensive vein ultrasound at the first sign of any symptoms in your legs!