You may be embarrassed by bulging varicose veins but not all that concerned about them. However, untreated varicose veins can cause serious problems. Our experienced podiatrist in Irving, TX, explains what can happen if you ignore this medical condition and how to treat it effectively.
Dangers of Untreated Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency that causes blood to pool in the veins of the leg. This condition can cause pain, swelling, bulging, discoloration, and burning. If left untreated, the symptoms can worsen over time, and the veins in the leg can become increasingly damaged. According to our Irving podiatrist, you may find it more difficult to stand for long periods of time and/or experience leg pain when you walk. In addition, varicose veins can cause the skin on the legs to become dry or itchy.
Complications of Untreated Varicose Veins, Especially for Those With Diabetes
- Pain and swelling that continues to worsen
- Leg weakness
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Venous ulcers and wounds that are difficult to heal
Treatment for Varicose Veins
To avoid possible complications from varicose veins, you need to see our Irving podiatrist at the first sign of a problem before the condition worsens. For some patients, making lifestyle changes such as losing weight or wearing compression stockings can reduce symptoms. For others, more advanced treatments may be needed.
One effective technique used to treat varicose veins is sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting the veins with a solution that causes them to collapse and fade away. More than one session may be required to reduce the appearance of the veins. In cases where the varicose veins are more severe, surgery may be needed to remove or tie off the veins.
Contact Our Irving Podiatrist for an Evaluation Today!
If you have varicose veins, contact our Irving podiatrist at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation. We can discuss treatment options for varicose veins and create a plan based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.