By Dr. Samuel P. Martin MD
Many suffer from unsightly spider veins and varicose veins. Vein disease symptoms can range from mild discomfort to pain, but they all have one thing in common: ignoring them allows the problem to progress. Some common symptoms and signs of vein disease include: Fullness, aching, pressure or fatigue, swelling, particularly at the ankle, cramping, and itching with rough scaly skin at the ankle. Even spider veins, while considered cosmetic, could be the tip of the iceberg and indicate deeper vein problems.
Over time, untreated vein disease leads to bigger issues which become progressively more damaging including; lower leg swelling, especially at the end of the day, skin changes in texture thickness and color in the lower leg and eventually the risk of ulcers around the ankle.
Fortunately, with the use of laser therapy and foam sclerotherapy, vein problems can be treated in a clinic setting using local anesthesia , avoiding painful surgery. This is particularly important for those who can’t take time off work or interrupt busy schedules. You can resume normal activities after the procedures. Leg health is significantly enhanced by wearing graduated compression stockings, hose or leggings especially for those who are on their feet much of the day. Vein health equates to leg health and an active lifestyle.