Dreaming of smooth and vein-free legs, but you are having trouble with the “vein-free” part? Maybe it’s time for you to pay a visit to a vein specialist.
More than feeling good about yourself, vein-free legs are also a measure of good health.
Yes, varicose veins sometimes are just an annoying thing you have to deal with daily. Nothing too bad. But, other times, they can be a sign of a more serious issue and even cause constant pain or, worse, an infection.
These are damaged blood vessels that can appear on your legs or face and happen due to vein valves’ improper function. Damage to these valves makes the blood struggle to go in the proper direction, which can lead to the creation of a pool inside the vein. Then, later on, it could create a bump in the vein, creating spider or varicose veins.
We have talked about our allies when fighting spider veins in our previous blog post, so take a look at it, while we discuss 9 signs it’s time to visit a vein specialist, also known as a phlebologist.
1. A feeling of swelling and pain in one leg and not the other
This can be a sign of a blood clot, which is not so dangerous by itself, but can lead to more serious conditions. Or, it could be a sign of bad circulation, which can lead to spider veins or varicose veins.
2. Cramping of legs
This can be a clear sign of varicose veins, especially if the cramps occur more and more.
It would be a good idea to do a full assessment and see if it’s time for compression socks.
3. Your Legs Feel Heavy At The End Of The Day
If you can’t wait to get home and put your feet up at the end of a long day, it might be a good time to consider compression therapy. Swollen and heavy legs that are weighing you down after eight or ten hours on your feet are your body’s way of telling you the potentially incompetent or weak valves in your legs might need some extra help.
4. Changes In Your Skin
One of the varicose vein symptoms is when your skin gets darker over the veins.
Varicose and spider veins can cause a rash all over your legs, which feels and looks like eczema. Constant scratching is very annoying, but furthermore, it can damage your skin, so the treatment, in this case, is highly recommended.
If you notice your spider and varicose veins are bleeding, that is a definite sign to visit a vein specialist – your veins are stretching the skin and causing it to bleed. Even though it is not a cause for concern, it can be an ideal background for bacteria to develop.
7. You Are Feeling Self-conscious About Your Legs
If you catch yourself avoiding wearing shorts, dresses, skirts because you don’t like how your legs look with veins, you should know that there are many methods that can help you treat those veins successfully. One of them is definitely Sclerotherapy – a method where a doctor injects a solution into your vein in order for them to fade and disappear.
8. Hardening of Veins
This can be a sign of many potential problems, like clot, inflammation or something more serious. So if you feel that your varicose or spider veins are getting hard, you should definitely see a vein specialist.
9. Family History of Venous Disease
There is a connection between genetics and spider or varicose veins, so if you have someone in your family that suffers from this, it would be a good idea to talk to a vein specialist and prevent it as much as possible.
Now that we’ve discussed all of the signs it’s time to visit a vein specialist, we know you have a lot of questions, like “Do I need surgery for varicose veins”, “Are spider veins dangerous”, “What are the causes, symptoms and treatments for spider and varicose veins”… and we are here to answer them all.
When it comes to surgery for varicose veins, that usually depends on their size – while smaller veins can be successfully treated with Sclerotherapy, bigger ones may require surgery.
No, spider veins are not dangerous – even though they can cause discomfort, they aren’t physically harmful.
Sclerotherapy For Varicose and Spider Veins Treatment
We have mentioned this treatment numerous times during this blog post, but now it’s time to explain it in detail.
Sclerotherapy is a process of treating blood vessel malformations. The basics of the procedure are pretty simple — the doctor will inject medicine into blood vessels. As a result, the veins will shrink.
This is a great option for treatment because it’s quick, non-invasive and gives long-term results.
You can read more about it in our blog post What Do I Need to Do Before My Sclerotherapy Treatment?
How to choose and use compression socks?
We have already mentioned them, but let’s discuss what those are and how they can be used.
They are specifically designed socks that improve blood circulation and help with tired legs. Compression socks are designed to keep blood from pooling in veins, which also helps with preventing any new spider veins.
When choosing a pair, you should first answer the following questions:
- How are you going to use them – blood circulation, keeping the muscles warm or getting rid of muscle vibration?
- Do you sit or stand for a long time in the day?
- Will you be using them because of the pain and swelling?
- Is it for travel?
- Will you be using them while playing sports or while exercising?
Having the answer to all of these questions can help you find out whether you should get regular or sport compression socks and whether you should get knee-high, thigh-high or panty-hose-style compression socks!
There you have it – the most common signs that you should talk with a vein specialist.
If you recognize yourself in just a couple of them, then paying a visit can help you in the long run.
Here at the Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic, our team would be more than happy to assist you on your journey to vein(and pain)-free legs, so book an assessment today!