Understanding Leg Vein Pain ProblemsPatient Resources
Many leg problems can leave you with a reduced quality of life, that is, without the right treatment plan. Whether you are suffering from tired or achy legs or just have become self-conscious because of how your veins make your legs appear, the experts at Vascular Care Specialists, wants you to know that there are treatment options available.
From self-care to surgery, choosing to get treatment can help alleviate your symptoms and, of course, make you feel better about your appearance. However, to fully understand your treatment and causes, you must first understand how and why they occur.
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How Do Leg Veins Work?
Veins and arteries in your body are responsible for taking blood throughout your body. While arteries bring oxygenated blood to the heart and rest of the body, your veins carry blood to your limbs and organs. Blood then goes back into the veins, and the process starts all over again.
Because they both provide separate functions, vein problems and artery problems are individual, and treatment options must be unique.
Blood is Then Returned to the Heart
What Happens When You Develop Vein Problems?
Common Issues About Problem Leg Veins
Iliofemoral Venous Overflow Obstruction
Some common known symptoms include finding that your legs are painful, swollen, or throbbing throughout the day. In individuals with Iliofemoral venous overflow obstruction, skin discoloration, and a higher risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) (a blood clot in the leg) might occur.
Spider and Varicose Veins
When blood flows in the wrong direction, blood begins to pool, and the vein then swells. This is typically found in the legs, and if you have varicose veins, discoloration is not the only sign. You may also suffer from fatigue, aching of the leg, itching, etc. The leg veins will twist, bulge, and are visible on the outside of the leg.
Males and females are both prone to spider and varicose veins. But, certain risk factors may make one person more susceptible to them than another, including:
- Family history of problematic veins
- Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy)
- Standing or sitting for prolonged periods
- Injury to the leg or vein
- Lack of physical activity
Treating Problem Veins
For many, self-care can also help alleviate symptoms and possibly prevent further problem veins from developing.
Treatment for problem veins will have you feeling better and looking better too! However, to ensure the veins do not become a reoccurring issue, you must keep up with your follow-up appointments. And be sure always to follow any self-care instructions provided to you.