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No one likes seeing a doctor if they don’t have to. That’s why many people put it off when they have symptoms of any kind of medical condition – sometimes until it’s too late.

The same goes for varicose vein problems. For some people, it’s simply a cosmetic issue. For many others, however, they can cause discomfort and even pain. They can impact your quality of life. As we’ve discussed here before, varicose veins can be a sign of a serious health issue that needs to be treated.

Jogging through life after seeing a vein specialist

Concerning Signs for People with Varicose Veins

If your varicose veins are causing you physical distress or limiting your daily activities, you should consult with a vein specialist. This is particularly important if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • The skin on your calf and ankle thickens and changes color.
  • You develop a rash or open sores on your leg or in the ankle area.
  • A varicose vein or the skin that covers it starts to bleed.
  • A vein is red, warm, swollen and/or tender.
  • You have discomfort in your legs – anything from a dull ache to pain.
  • Your varicose veins are worsening.
  • A lump develops under the skin. This may be the sign of a blood clot deep inside the vein or may simply be inflammation that will resolve itself. However, it’s best to let a vein specialist properly diagnose it.
  • The pain and/or swelling suddenly worsens.

Other Conditions that Can Lead to Varicose Veins

The good news is that most people with varicose veins don’t have a serious underlying health issue that has caused them. However, conditions like obesity, lack of exercise, sun exposure and pregnancy can contribute to them. So can genetics and just getting older.

The Atlanta vein specialists at VeinInnovations can properly diagnose vein issues and recommend the best treatment(s) for each individual. Sometimes, these treatments are conservative, such as losing weight, changing how much you sit or stand or wearing compression socks. We also offer a number of non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments that can get rid of varicose veins.

Whether you have any of the symptoms discussed above or are simply feeling self-conscious about your varicose veins, call or contact us online to arrange for an appointment. We have three Atlanta-area vein treatment centers and Saturday hours for our patients’ convenience. We can determine the reason for your varicose veins and develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs, budget and schedule.