Varicose veins are one of the most common types of vein disorders, which is why patients are always asking us about what causes varicose veins and how to get rid of them.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins

The best way to avoid the development of varicose veins is to understand what causes varicose veins in the first place. The best way to prevent varicose veins is to avoid sitting or standing for extended periods. If your job requires prolonged periods of sitting or standing, make sure to stand up and stretch or otherwise take breaks. There are other causes of vein disease that the patient may not have control over. In addition to extended sitting or standing, there is a high correlation between varicose veins and other causes of vein disease that the patient may not have control over, including the following things:

  • Family history of varicose veins or other vein diseases (genetic predisposition)
  • Pregnancy
  • Gender (women are affected more than men)
  • Injury or other trauma to the leg
  • Obesity

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are gnarled, swollen veins. They most commonly appear on the surface of the skin on the legs and feet. Varicose veins have become inflamed due to a breakdown of the vein, which leads to a blue or dark purple appearance. In conjunction with this visual symptom, patients may also notice some or all of the following:

  • Fatigue or heaviness in the legs
  • Aches
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Swelling in the legs or ankles
  • Cramping
  • Throbbing pains
  • Sores or open wounds
  • Restlessness in the legs
  • Discoloration or strange texture of the skin
  • Difficulty becoming comfortable
  • Symptoms of varicose veins are most likely to present themselves in the legs or ankles of a patient.

    Treatment of Varicose Veins

    Prolonged varicose vein pain may require a patient to seek out treatments like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation. Before we consider any kind of treatment, we will screen you to make sure we completely understand your symptoms. From there, we will perform a vein mapping procedure to make sure we see exactly where the issues lie and where your veins are still functioning as they should be. If treatment is needed, we will use lasers or sclerosing solution to make the process as minimally invasive as possible.

    Dr. Gilvydis has performed tens of thousands of treatments and uses the newest technology available to give you the best results. The commitment to our patients makes us the best varicose veins treatment clinic in Geneva and Sycamore. If you notice varicose veins, and especially if they are creating other symptoms, contact us as soon as possible to come in for a consultation. Delaying too long can put you at risk of dangerous clotting or other increased problems.