THERE ARE TIMES WHEN IT IS EASIER TO ADMIT THAT YOU NEED MEDICAL TREATMENT THAN OTHERS.
For example, if you’re running a fever or have broken a bone, you quite likely are going to address those issues and take the appropriate steps to heal from them. However, there are times when despite there being signs that you should seek out medical treatment, the problem could be waved off as “just cosmetic” or “not important enough.” This is never the case with a venous disease. Let’s discuss what symptoms you might have to signal treatment is needed — and why that treatment is so important.
Unlike other medical conditions, in the early stages of venous disease, you may experience very subtle signs and symptoms.
Understanding vein disorders includes recognizing these subtle warnings: fullness, aching, pressure or fatigue, a sense of swelling- particularly at the ankle, cramping, itching, and restless legs.
Some symptoms of venous diseases are easy to gloss over and ignore, such as discoloration or itching. Even if you are still able to go walk around the block now, symptoms like pain and cramps could easily develop and affect your overall quality of life.
Over time, untreated vein disease leads to many venous issues that become progressively more painful, harmful and harder to treat:
- Spider Veins: patterns or webs of blue and purple veins in the skin
- Varicose Veins: thick, bulging, rope-like veins under the skin
- Edema: lower leg swelling, especially at the end of the day most prominently at the ankle
- Skin changes in texture and color in the lower leg
- Leg ulcers usually around the ankle
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of vein disease, it’s time to see a vascular specialist. Before making an appointment, realize that not just any doctor will do. It is important to choose the right provider who is trained and experienced in vein care. We are one of the most credentialed vein centers in the country. We invite you to talk to one of our vein care specialists to experience the difference in our care.