You’ve probably seen bulging veins before on other people. They’re often found around the legs or feet, they may bulge quite noticeably from the skin, and you may have even had friends or family that have complained about them. These are called varicose veins, and while they’re sometimes harmless, they can other times cause tightness, pressure, or even pain. At United Vein Centers, we offer the advice of a varicose veins doctor in states from Arizona to Florida and can also provide treatment for those afflicted with these veins. Today, we’d like to look closer at the root cause of these veins, as you may be surprised to learn that they don’t always bulge out from under the skin.
Varicose Veins Aren’t Always Bulging Veins
Varicose veins are often swollen and thus bulge out from the skin, but some veins aren’t as close to the skin, or they may not swell enough to truly bulge outward. In these cases, you could end up with varicose veins that are not bulging from the skin and aren’t immediately recognizable as varicose veins. You may still feel some discomfort though, which may end up being your indicator of the condition. Consider speaking with a vein doctor if you experience the following:
- Burning, Itching, or Heaviness in Legs
- If you feel discomfort or pain in any way, whether that be a burning sensation in your legs or general tightness and heaviness, that’s typically an indication that something is amiss.
- Cramping is a muscle-related issue where the muscle is involuntarily contracting. This is something your varicose veins can cause if they’re damaged in some ways.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- This is a condition where it’s difficult to stop moving your leg around as you feel pain from leaving it stationary, and it will look like your leg is acting ‘restless.’ This can be an indication of damaged veins.
Our Varicose Veins Doctor on Varicose Veins Causes
What causes these veins to appear? It has to do with a condition called “venous insufficiency.” It’s the job of our veins to take non-oxygenated blood and pump it back to the heart from the rest of our bodies in contrast to the arteries which up oxygen-rich blood to our other organs, muscles, and tissues. Varicose veins commonly occur in the legs or feet because those veins need to pump blood vertically up most of the time–fighting gravity. Gravity isn’t the only cause, but it does put stress on those veins and makes it harder for the valves within the veins to pump blood correctly. When the valves weaken and aren’t fully capable of pumping all the blood up through our veins, some of it drips back down and creates the condition known as “venous insufficiency.” The vein often swells up and may develop pain, tightness, or other forms of discomfort as a result.
Contact A Varicose Veins Doctor for Invisible Varicose Veins
As you’ve now learned, bulging veins aren’t the only indicator of varicose veins. If you have noticed the listed symptoms, even without the presence of a bulging vein, then it’s time to speak with a specialist. If you’re located in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, or the Chicago area, you may be near one of our facilities. If so, contact us so that we can help you seek treatment for your varicose veins and identify the issue.