Vein disease causes veins to malfunction. When veins do not work properly, several things happen:
When the valves in veins break down, blood return is impeded. Blood pools and falls backward causing the veins to swell and stretch. This creates varicose veins deep inside the leg. These veins push against other tissues and create additional inflammation and pain. Left untreated, the condition always worsens.
While vein disease may be visible in many cases, it need not be visible at all. Medical involvement is required for a diagnosis.
The best way to definitively diagnose and specifically locate vein disease is via Doppler Sonography. This procedure is best performed by a physician or tech Certified in Vascular Ultrasonography.
Although many people are unaware of the extent and severity, vein disease it is one of the most common to affect Americans today. Nearly a third of the entire U.S. population, more than 80 million people, suffers from some form of it.
If you are experiencing signs of varicose or spider veins, seeking treatment is crucial to your continued health, happiness, and comfort.
Vein disease can complicate other medical conditions such as wound healing in general and in recovery from hip, knee, and ankle surgery. For example, patients with congestive heart failure as well as vein disease can obtain some relief by eliminating malfunctioning veins and reducing the pumping burden. It also may play a role in the development or exacerbation of neuropathy, a feeling of numbness or tingling in the feet or legs, in some cases.
Leg swelling, especially in the lower legs, is commonly seen in patients with varicose or spider veins, as is the sensation of heaviness or fatigue in the legs.