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Why do varicose veins hurt? When your legs ache, feel heavy and are getting swollen, it may be caused by vein disease. Much of the pain is caused by the pressure exerted by enlarged veins on the surrounding tissue. This pressure can be exacerbated by inflammatory agents your body releases in response, resulting in painful leg veins.
Varicose veins leg pain and venous insufficiency are caused when blood circulation, through the veins, is severely hampered, the vein's valves become weak and ineffective, thus allowing blood to pool in the lower legs. Think of filling a water balloon with water and the stress put on the balloon as more and more water enters the balloon. There is only so much room until the pressure becomes painful. You are not alone with leg vein pain, as venous insufficiency affects more than 30 million Americans. Chronic Venous Insufficiency occurs in forty percent of women and seventeen percent of men in the United States.
Oftentimes patients do not seek treatment for vein pain in the leg because they do not notice visible bulging veins, swollen varicose veins, or purple veins. People typically do not associate leg pain, or leg fatigue with a venous problem, when in fact, it is a very common cause of pain and an easily treatable ailment.
Leg swelling is often related to chronic venous insufficiency also known as venous reflux disease, a long-term problem with the veins not being able to pump blood back to your heart and blood stays in the leg. Swollen ankles are one of the most common symptom of chronic venous insufficiency. As leg and ankle swelling increases, the skin over your ankles may show red spots or a brownish tinge. The skin may also seem leathery or scaly, and may start to itch.
Inflammation plus venous reflux is a bad combination. Leg swelling and varicose veins swelling is a very bad thing in the lower extremities. Once leg swelling is present, healing is impaired and sometimes prevented. If swelling in the legs is not controlled, sores (ulcers) may begin occurring with the slightest trauma - a bump or scratch as the skin becomes very fragile, dermatitis, gout or an underlying inflammatory problem. Ulceration is defined as a breakdown of the skin caused by the chronic congestion in the venous system. When left untreated for long periods of time, recurrent cellulitis may also occur in the lower extremity which is painful and requires antibiotic therapy.
At Advanced Vein Institute, our vein experts often work with wound care centers and podiatrists to resolve non-healing ulcers and treat the swollen inflamed leg. In order to treat the swelling, we must treat the inflammation and ultimately, to gain permanent control, we get rid of the venous reflux with vein ablation, so it does not keep repeating itself.
Reduce your risk of developing venous complications and find some relief for varicose vein pain by doing the following:
Learn more about what to do for varicose vein leg pain in varicose vein treatment options.
"Don't put off these treatments for your legs. I am very pleased that The Pain has been removed from both my legs, due to the treatments I received from Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona.
The outstanding attention given by the caring staff and Ms Rose helped me recover from extreme pain in both my legs. It took just a few days to recover from my treatments and if I had questions I was allowed to call Ms. Rose, for quick answers.
THANKS to all the Staff at Advanced Vein Institute for the loving care!"
Advanced Vein Institute Patient