Clients who visit us for a vein assessment will often ask, “Why do varicose veins hurt?” So, in this week’s blog article, we thought we would answer that question. Read on to find out more.
Why do varicose veins develop?
Veins form an essential part of the circulatory system. They return blood to the heart after body cells exchange waste products for oxygen.
In healthy leg veins, one-way valves open to allow blood to move only in one direction, working against gravity towards the heart. The valves close to stop blood from flowing backwards. For some people, these valves become faulty, and the blood pools, leading to distended (often bulgy and knotted-looking) veins.
Why do varicose veins hurt?
As the veins distend, the nerves within them stretch; this, in turn, leads to aches, pains and throbbing in the legs.
You may find these symptoms are worse at the end of the day, especially if you have been sitting or standing for long periods. Many patients complain their legs hurt more at night, becoming restless. Warmer weather may also aggravate these painful side effects of underlying veinous insufficiency.
It’s important to remember that not all varicose veins hurt. Also, there is no correlation between the visible symptoms of varicose veins and the pain level they might cause. You may have thick, ropey, visible veins and very little pain. Conversely, your varicose veins may not be visible at all but may be very painful indeed.
Diagnosis and Treatment:
All leg vein problems are either visible or cause symptoms or both! So, if you see visible veins or swelling or if you feel painful, debilitating symptoms, such as achy, tired and restless legs, schedule an appointment with Dr David. Your initial consultation is complimentary and has no obligation. Appointments are scheduled at our Nelson clinic and the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim.
After your assessment, David will discuss treatment options with you. No general anaesthesia or hospital stay is required. With our minimally invasive procedures, you walk in and walk out; you can even drive home afterwards!