What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that bulge from underneath your skin. These veins are typically blue or purple in color and the most common form in your legs or feet. In most instances, varicose veins are mostly cosmetic however in less common cases varicose veins can lead to more serious problems such as blood clots.
What do Varicose veins look like?
Varicose veins appear as twisted, swollen, rope-like veins just below the skin’s surface. Sometimes they develop in clusters, typically on the calves, ankles, or feet.
What are the risk factors of Varicose Veins
- Gender (females are more likely to develop varicose veins)
- Family history of venous disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
How are Varicose veins Diagnosed?
Varicose veins are typically visible and van be diagnosed during a physical examination. To see detailed imaging of your veins, your physician may order an ultrasound to see more details of the veins and if the valves inside are working.
Treatment for Varicose veins
Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical that helps close affected veins. Sclerotherapy is safe and typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete a treatment.
Compression stockings are used to help veins squeeze back to their normal form. The compression from the socks can help stop veins from stretching and blood from pooling. Compression stockings also help reduce discomfort caused by varicose veins.
Laser ablation is a method where your physician can use a catheter and laser to close off damaged veins.