Varicose veins: more than a cosmetic concern?

One good thing about the colder months; it's easier cover up without drawing unwanted attention to yourself. If you suffer from varicose veins, you fully understand the delicate dance of keeping your unsightly veins covered and out of view. Hello, long pants at any time of year.

Varicose veins might appear to be a cosmetic issue, but they can cause problems beyond just making your legs look unattractive. Even if you aren't bothered by your varicose veins, you should be aware of some problems that can occur if left untreated.

Varicose veins can cause leg swelling, leg pain and are located deeper than spider veins which can lead to more serious vein disorders.

Varicose vein symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the lower legs or ankles
  • Heavy or tired feeling in the legs
  • Leg cramping, pain, achy or itchy sensation
  • Changes in skin color and texture
  • Sores, ulcers or open wounds developing

If you think you might be suffering from varicose veins, call for a referral to the Vein and Vascular Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region at (810) 667-5500..