Minneapolis Varicose Veins
How do I know if I have varicose veins?
Varicose veins are common and usually do not affect a person’s health except for the unsightly look of the bulging, twisted veins lying below the skin in the lower legs and on the back of the calf. But, in some cases they can also cause considerable pain. In extreme cases, varicose veins can grow and turn bad over a period of time.
Varicose veins are easy to identify because they are stretched and swollen veins, visible on the legs. You experience a dull pain in the legs through tiredness, weight in the lower legs and restlessness in leg muscles, generally at the end of the day or after standing for long hours. Inflammation of a vein takes place after sitting or standing for a long time.
You may also notice swelling in the ankle area and the lower part of the leg. This is caused by the liquid accumulated from the blood dripping from the sides of the veins into the tissues nearby. Mild swollen feet are another sign of this disease. Patients with varicose veins can also experience numbness in the legs. The skin around the veins may also become constantly itchy. You will notice the skin around the ankle becoming discolored, dark and changing to a somewhat brownish gray. The skin turns dry near the varicose veins and starts to irritate. They are uncomfortable and ugly because they bulge out. Varicose veins hurt, and cramps may occur at night especially when making a hasty move like standing up.
It is best to consult an experienced and qualified medical professional as a quick diagnosis and cure are important. This quick action helps to avoid serious problems related with more severe types of varicose veins. If not treated, these swollen veins can also be the reason for blood clots, skin ulcers and inflammation in the veins.
Back to Varicose Veins Home Page
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Reese - Reviewed by Stephanie T.
"After suffering for 9 years with pain and heaviness, after seeing doctor after doctor, spending money on procedures that didn't fix the problem, Dr. Reese has fixed my veins with one procedure. It makes all my previous suffering a thing of the past. Vein Associates is the best! I tell anyone I meet there’s only one place to get your veins treated, at Vein Associates!"