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Human foot with varicose veinsMost people think of varicose veins as only affecting your calves or thighs. But if you have twisted veins in your legs, it’s not hard to realize that you may have them in your feet as well. In fact, this is a relatively common occurrence.

A lot of people suffer from varicose veins in their feet and even in their ankles. That is why is so important to understand what causes varicose veins in the feet and ankles. Knowing how to manage and treat them is also crucial to overall vein health.

Causes of Varicose Veins in the Feet

Varicose veins and spider veins occur in the feet and ankles when there’s a chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins aren’t able to properly pump blood into and out of an area of the body. In this case, it involves the feet and lower legs.

CVI causes the blood to pool into the veins closer to the surface of the skin. This leads to the bulging and twisted veins that are associated with varicose veins. As it progresses, it can lead to weakened and even damaged vein walls. These symptoms can range from purely aesthetic to more serious conditions.

The problem is, having varicose veins in the feet can directly affect your day to day activities. Any discomfort from these veins can cause painful walking, driving, and even sitting. It and can also lead to discoloration, swelling, pain, and irritation in the skin.

When to Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins in Your Feet

Varicose veins in the feet and even their smaller cousins, spider veins, can be a problem in the long term. That is why you need to keep an eye on your legs and feet for any signs of worsening symptoms. As always, Grand Junction Vein Center is here to assess your varicosities at any stage. We can tell you if you need treatment or if there are other options to manage your condition.

Woman with varicose veins applying compression bandageWhat are compression socks?

Compression stockings are specialized socks that cover from your ankle to your knee and sometimes as high as your thigh. The socks are tight and provide graduated pressure up the leg. Compression socks or stockings are pretty effective for treating a certain type of disorders such as varicose veins, chronic circulatory diseases, diabetics, chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema, thrombosis and many other types of conditions, the purpose of the compression sock is to help reduce the edema of the legs, to prevent blood pooling, to help improve circulation and help reduce the risk of blood clot formation.

If you have been advised by your doctor to wear compression stockings, then you should probably ensure that you wear them each day – unless you’ve been instructed otherwise. Along with helping to prevent harmful and dangerous blood clots from forming, they are also sometimes used by individuals who have chronic venous insufficiency or have difficulties with varicose veins. Those who are known to have lymphedema or anyone suffering from post-phlebitis syndrome are also advised to wear them.

People who are diabetic will sometimes wear compression stockings in order to help prevent the occurrence of leg ulcers or to heal them.

If you have been diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency, compression stockings could be a huge benefit to you and your personal health. They are often worn for this condition because it causes the veins in the legs to be unable to pump the right amount of blood back to the heart. This can cause the legs and ankles to swell up; compression stockings help to reduce the amount of swelling that occurs.

If you suffer from varicose veins, you will typically have enlarged veins that may be swollen after you’ve been on your feet for a lengthy period of time. These veins can be very painful and can also be connected with various other blood circulation problems. People who have varicose veins will wear these stockings on a daily basis – as a treatment for their condition.

Lymphedema is a condition where arms or legs will swell up due to blockages in the body that do not allow the lymph fluids to drain in the correct manner. Individuals with this condition will wear these stockings at night and also elevate their legs in order to reduce the amount of swelling that occurs.

The socks should be removed at night time or when sleeping and that is recommended that socks should be put on before getting out of the bed in the morning and be worn throughout the day, one should also rest and elevate the foot and leg area to reduce pain and inflammation, to wear compression socks will depend on the patient’s condition and also the risk of developing blood clots, some conditions require a long-term solution or even a lifelong use. There are no known complications with wearing compression stockings; however, there will be a sustainable amount of time before completely adjusting. You might complain of warm legs if wearing the socks in hot weather all day long. If you have an increased risk of forming blood clots in the leg, you should wear the stockings all day, removing them at night. For those with varicose veins and venous ulcers, they should be worn for years.

Are varicose veins dangerousDo you want to know the answer to the million-dollar question- Are Varicose Veins Dangerous or Are Your Varicose Veins a sign of deeper trouble? It’s the question that needs to be asked when varicose veins, often become so commonplace. And the answer to this question is, ”sometimes”. Typically, they’re not dangerous and not all varicose veins require medical treatment, some varicose veins can be managed with lifestyle changes that prevent them from advancing. However, some varicose veins are more severe and require medical treatment. By the time most people see a vein specialist for their varicose veins; their veins are already large, bulging, and painful. At this point, the odds of developing a secondary condition have increased.

Let me dig this a little deeper for you and explain to you about the sometimes dangerous consequences of not having your varicose veins monitored, and treated by a trained vein specialist.

Bleeding Varicose Veins

If your varicose veins are quite prominent, they may injure easily. This often can result in severe bruising or bleeding. The small prominent veins can even begin to bleed on their own, which can be very scary. If this happens to you, the blood will spurt steadily in a stream because there is pressure.
So what you need to do if this happens to you is immediately get your leg elevated and put pressure on the affected area. Your doctor should be consulted if you find yourself more and more prone to these types of injuries.

Varicose Veins and Leg Ulcers

When varicose veins are left untreated, the pressure and inflammation from fluid buildup in the area can lead to skin changes and an open sore that can become infected. About 80% of skin ulcers in the lower leg are caused by varicose veins. Leg ulcers most often occur just above the ankle and are difficult to treat and heal. Without treatment, the infection can spread.

Blood Clots

Blood clots are common with varicose veins. While most of the clots are found in superficial veins, they can sometimes move into deeper veins which can be fatal as the clot can easily find its way in the bloodstream and into your lungs. In the lungs, the clot will cause pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening.
In some cases, the blood clot can form in the vein bringing about a condition known as thrombophlebitis. When you have the condition you tend to feel warm and the blood veins are painful and red.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

When the blood in your veins doesn’t flow properly you tend to interfere with the way that your skin interacts with the blood. For example, it will interfere with the way that your skin exchanges nutrients, waste products, and oxygen with the blood.
If you disrupt the exchange for a long time you will suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. Over time, chronic venous insufficiency results to conditions such as varicose eczema, venous ulcers, and lipodermatosclerosis.

To avoid the above-mentioned complications that come when varicose veins are left untreated you, need to get rid of the veins as soon as possible. Since these varicose veins have the potential of being harmful to you, you should ensure that you first consult your doctor before you take measures to treat them on your own.

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