Are Varicose Veins Hurting You?

Did you ever notice large twisted blood vessels on your body? Especially on the legs, these swollen lines can be seen clearly. They can also cause pain and even puffiness in some conditions. But, getting rid of these veins is possible. All you need to know are the symptoms and the latest treatment options. 

Let us learn more about them: 

Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins

Some people often relate varicose veins with spider veins. Both venous diseases may look similar but there are some differences. For instance, spider veins are thin whereas varicose veins are large and more swollen veins. 

Likewise, spider veins do not usually cause any pain. They are commonly an aesthetic concern. But varicose veins are mostly painful and may get worse with time. 

What are Varicose Veins? 

The walls of your veins sometimes get weak. In this condition, when the blood pressure increases, the veins stretch easily due to the weak walls. At the same time, due to bigger veins, the valves no longer direct blood flow in only one direction. Consequently, the blood backs up and pools in, causing the veins to swell and twist. 


Not everyone gets weak valve and vein walls because of the same reason. Learning about your cause will help in seeking the right treatment. Some common causes include: 

  • Obesity 
  • Ageing 
  • Sitting or standing for a prolonged period 
  • Hormonal imbalance 
  • Pregnancy 


Symptoms also vary from person to person. You may experience one or multiple symptoms at the same time. They include: 

  • Swelling 
  • Cramps and pain 
  • Skin discoloration 
  • Blue or red lines 
  • Burning sensation 

Diagnosis and Treatment 

Varicose veins can be easily seen during a physical exam. To get a detailed view and know about the complications, your healthcare expert might ask for an ultrasound. It presents an image of the tissues and also helps in knowing the location of blood clots. 

As per the condition, your vein expert recommends a suitable treatment. Today, many minimally invasive treatments are present. Their success rate is high and patients can also return to routine activities in a few days. 

Some of these treatments include: 

  • ClosureFast 

  • Sclerotherapy 

  • VenaSeal

  • Varithena 

Post Treatment Complications 

Fortunately, most of the treatments do not result in any major complications or side effects. In case of light bruising or swelling, patients can take anti-inflammatory medications after the advice of a healthcare expert. 

Patients can also travel safely for short distances where they don’t need to sit or stand for a long time. Light leg stretching exercise and the use of compression stockings (to move the blood upward) is mostly advised in many cases. 

If you are also experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, book an appointment at Springfield Medical Clinic. Our experts can diagnose your venous disease and suggest a treatment plan.