Veins that are unnaturally large, twisted, and visible on the surface of the skin are called varicose veins. Our veins work against gravity to return blood to the heart from the limbs. Valves are located throughout the veins, and they help to facilitate blood flow back to the heart – but weak, damaged valves allow blood to pool within the vein, and as a result they stretch and become misshapen and enlarged.
Varicose veins can appear virtually anywhere on the body, but they most often occur in the legs. The pressure placed on the legs from standing, sitting, or crossing the legs for long periods of time can cause this condition to develop. Spider veins can also appear, and these are a tinier version of varicose veins.
Varicose veins are unsightly, and to many people, they are a cosmetic concern. However, there are times when a varicose vein warrants an evaluation and possible treatment by a specialized vein doctor.
Signs of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins that are deep red, blue, or purple is a common trait – the color is not a cause of concern. However, veins that are bulging, twisted, and have a rope-like or cord-like appearance may indicate an underlying condition that should be treated before it develops into a more serious condition.
See a doctor if your varicose veins are accompanied by one or more of the following signs:
For some people, achiness or a feeling of heaviness can develop in the legs where varicose veins appear. They may also create a burning sensation and a feeling of cramped muscles.
If a varicose vein bursts near the skin, this is an ulcer – this is a serious condition that requires medical attention by a skilled vein doctor. These open sores first appear as discolorations on the skin before the ulcer actually bursts; this most often tends to happen near the ankles.
Swelling and Clots
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially fatal vein condition which is due to the development of blood clots. If an enlarged vein causes constant pain and swelling, then a blood clot may be forming. The skin around the area may feel warm to the touch. Do not delay seeing a physician.
Vein Doctor in Kansas City, MO
If you have painful or bothersome varicose veins or pain in your legs, see a vein specialist who knows how to treat the issue efficiently and effectively. Dr. Scott Darling can diagnose your condition and determine whether or not it is serious.
If it is not serious but you would like to have your varicose veins removed, we can take care of it for you through our vein treatments. If it is indeed a serious condition, Dr. Darling will provide the treatment necessary right here in our clinic. Our medical team has everything necessary to help ensure your optimum vascular health.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling (816) 792-3400 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to seeing you here.