Many people believe that varicose veins are the first sign of vein problems. However, there are actually early signs and symptoms that you may be on the road to getting varicose veins if you don’t take action. There are also changes that you can make in your life to help prevent varicose veins and vein disease, particularly if you are at higher-than-average risk of developing vein problems.
Who is Most Likely to Develop Varicose Veins?
Our Florida vein specialists treat patients of all ages, physical conditions and genders. We know that no one is immune from varicose veins. In fact, it’s been estimated that about half of us will develop them at some point. However, these people are the most likely to develop them:
- People over 50
- Overweight people
- Sedentary people and those who sit or stand for long periods
- Pregnant women
Early Warning Signs
The following are some symptoms that people experience with varicose veins:
- Changes in the color of the skin, particularly around the veins
- Rash or itching
- Enlarged, bulging or twisting veins
- Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
- Soreness, pain and/or muscle cramps in the lower extremities
- Fatigue or heaviness in the legs
- Restless leg syndrome (where the legs move involuntarily, particularly when lying down)
In some cases, changes to your lifestyle can help prevent varicose veins from forming or worsening. These include:
- Getting more exercise – particularly aerobic activity like walking, running, bicycling or swimming
- Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods.
- Elevating the legs above the heart when possible
- tight clothes that can impede circulation, particularly around the waist
- Losing weight if you are overweight
Compression socks can also be a helpful remedy. However, the most effective ones require a prescription. They’re far more effective than the ones you see in the drug store. Our vein specialists can prescribe those as well as other steps that you can take to fight varicose veins.
Of course, for our patients who already have varicose veins and other vein diseases, we provide a number of minimally-invasive vein treatments, including endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and VenaSeal™. These treatments remove the weakened and diseased veins for good, with little if any discomfort or downtime for our patients. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at our Jupiter vein treatment center to find out how we can help you.