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Houston Venous Insufficiency Causes & Symptoms

Venous insufficiency is a common but often misunderstood condition that can not only cause the development of unsightly varicose veins and spider veins but also lead to significant discomfort. Fortunately, venous insufficiency is highly treatable with the specialized care of Premier Vein & Vascular Center in Houston. Keep reading to get a closer look at what causes varicose veins, along with some symptoms to look out for when you notice these veins forming on your legs.

What Are Varicose Veins? Vein Valves Treatment in Houston

Any vein in the body can become a varicose vein, though it is not common for varicose veins to develop in areas aside from the feet and legs. The veins in these parts of the body are under increased pressure because they must push blood back to the heart against the force of gravity. Over time, this force may weaken valves within the vein and cause blood to pool. Through this process, varicose veins will bulge outward and become visible beneath the skin, often appearing in twisted, gnarled patterns.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins may simply be caused by pressure on the veins, which can increase in individuals who are overweight, older adults, and those who spend lots of time on their feet. Women are also more likely to experience varicose veins, especially during pregnancy. In other cases, varicose veins might be related to a more serious circulatory problem called chronic venous insufficiency, which occurs when the veins are unable to pump enough blood back to the heart. Unlike simple varicose veins caused by lifestyle factors, chronic venous insufficiency can affect deep veins and perforating veins rather than just superficial veins.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Whether or not you have symptoms beyond visible varicose veins, it is best to see a doctor at the first sight of varicose veins for an accurate diagnosis. Using diagnostic ultrasound imaging, a vein specialist can see how the veins in your legs are functioning to pinpoint weakened areas that are causing blood to pool. If you notice any of the signs or symptoms below, you should not hesitate to see a doctor, because it is likely that chronic venous insufficiency is responsible for your discomfort.

  • Leg cramping
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Aching
  • Leg Heaviness
  • Leg Fatigue

At Premier Vein & Vascular Center, we provide several minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins, including endovenous radiofrequency ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. Following these treatments, you will notice relief from the symptoms as well as improvement in the appearance of your legs. To schedule a consultation with us to discuss your symptoms, call us at (832) 321-5355.

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