Venous insufficiency is a common ailment that’s easily treatable and even avoidable with the help of an expert. However, the signs and symptoms of vein conditions may be similar to other common ailments, making people unsure if they’re worth a doctor’s visit. If you’re on the fence about whether you should consult a doctor about any Venous insufficiency symptoms you might be experiencing, Newark Vein and Vascular Center, LLC, can help. Here, we share the Top 4 signs that you should consult with our vein specialist.
#1. Noticeably Discolored or Raised Veins
When your veins appear as red, blue, or purple web-like colored veins on the surface of your skin, they’re known as spider veins. Most people consider them a purely cosmetic concern. While it’s true that spider veins don’t always cause symptoms or discomfort, they can be present as a result of larger underlying venous insufficiency, which are not always visible.
Varicose veins, which appear as twisted, bulging cords under the skin, are a more significant problem than spider veins and may lead to discomfort, pain in the legs, cramps, itching, or a burning sensation. If you have spider or varicose veins, it’s time to talk to one of our experts.
#2. Swelling or Tenderness in Your Legs
Most cases of swelling or tenderness, especially in the knee and ankle joints, are related to injuries. In some cases, however, they may be indicators of venous insufficiency. Pay attention to swelling around your ankles or foot, as it might be the result of inadequate vein circulation.
Here are a few good tells:
- Swelling that only occurs when you are upright, and moving about
- Swelling that disappears after you sleep, elevate your legs or lie down
To know for sure, schedule an appointment with a vein specialist at Newark Vein and Vascular Center, LLC. We can evaluate your symptoms and tell you whether the swelling is the result of a venous insufficiency or an injury.
#3. Legs that Feel Heavy, Weak, or Painful
You may think it’s normal for your legs to feel weak, sore, or heavy after standing for long periods. While this can be true after intense exercise as well, it shouldn’t occur normally. In fact, regular occurrences of weakness may be signs of venous insufficiency. You could have damaged and or weakened vein valves that are allowing blood to flow backward, pool in your ankles and feet, and cause such discomfort. Of course, sore legs can be caused by any number of issues. If you’re not sure whether yours are related to venous insufficiency, visit our office and speak to our vascular specialist.
#4. Family History of Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency has a strong genetic link, meaning it most commonly appears in people whose family members also have venous insufficiency. If one of your blood-related relatives has experienced vein insufficiency before, you may be at risk and should speak with a doctor – even if you don’t have any symptoms. A vein specialist can help you make lifestyle changes and find ways to minimize your risk of developing venous insufficiency.
To learn more or schedule a consultation and have your symptoms evaluated, contact Newark Vein and Vascular Center, LLC, today.