Nearly 80 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from varicose and spider veins; causing pain, swelling, and cosmetic concerns. Identifying a potential vein disorder is not always easy; a visit to a vein doctor is recommended. Vein symptoms which are not evaluated are often mistakenly attributed to aging, arthritis, joint pain, or muscle fatigue.
Vein symptoms, often made worse by prolonged standing, may occur gradually over the course of many years, and rapidly deteriorate once a certain threshold is crossed. These symptoms vary from person to person and, depending on how many risk factors a patient has, onset and progression of the symptoms may vary as well. The most common symptoms and reasons for seeking medical treatment from a qualified vein doctor are:
- Leg pain and discomfort
- Leg swelling
- Achiness or heaviness in the legs
- Leg cramps
- Leg throbbing
- Early muscle fatigue
- Itching or burning sensation in the legs
- Restless legs (an urge to move or kick your legs, especially in the evening)
Severe varicose veins can compromise the nutrition of the skin and lead to eczema, inflammation, or even ulceration of the lower leg, requiring advanced vein care.
Vein disorders are not always visible; our advanced vein care treatment process uses state of the art diagnostic techniques to determine the cause and severity of the disorder. In addition to a physical examination, a non-invasive Duplex ultrasound is essential.