Like the visible signs of aging such as laugh lines and crows feet, varicose veins are an unavoidable part of aging for many. Veins that become swollen and enlarged, often due to defective valves in the veins, are referred to as varicose veins. Varicose veins can occur anywhere but are most commonly found in the legs. They often appear purple or bluish in color and protrude from the surface of the skin as the condition worsens, often with almost a worm-like appearance.
Varicose veins do not pose a life-threatening risk but can cause intense discomfort. If left untreated by a trained physician varicose vein symptoms can worsen and lead to limitations in mobility and have a negative impact on your quality of life.
Common symptoms of varicose veins include:
- A sense of fullness, heaviness and aching in the legs
- Pain in the legs
- Visible, swollen, ropy veins
- Swelling in the feet or ankles
- Itching around the inflamed veins
More severe symptoms can include:
- Intense leg swelling
- Constant leg or calf pain following long periods of standing or sitting
- Skin discoloration on the legs or ankles
- Dry, irritated skin
- Skin sores that do not heal easily
- Thickening and hardening of the skin in the legs and ankles.
Treatment for varicose veins has come a long way. Minimally invasive techniques utilized today result in little to no down time and drastic results. The pain associated with varicose veins is real and it is intense. The good news is, it is not something you are forced to live with forever. Most insurance companies will help cover the cost of vein treatments if it is deemed medically necessary. The staff at Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville will work closely with you to understand your insurance plan and optimize your coverage and deliver a treatment approach to get you relief of symptoms as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Why wait? You do not have to live with painful legs any more. If varicose veins are holding you back, give us a call. Following a thorough evaluation during your initial consult, we can determine if treatment is necessary for you and if so, which option is best. Schedule your appointment today (865) 588-8229.
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