Have you noticed that your legs have started to itch, burn, swell, or downright hurt? If you have been experiencing these symptoms, it is most likely the result of you developing varicose veins. If you are encountering these symptoms, you’re not alone! There are a variety of ways varicose veins can develop. Factors such as pregnancy, obesity,  and even age can leave you more likely to develop varicose veins. As our bodies get older, our veins can lose elasticity, valves can become weaker, and blood pools more easily. However, a common factor is genetics. If your relatives have a history of developing varicose veins, there is a high chance that you will develop them as well.

Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

When blood pumps in your body, arteries take the blood from your heart and disperse it to the tissue throughout your body. Veins are then tasked with returning the blood from your tissues back to your heart. Your veins—especially in your legs—are constantly fighting gravity to complete the blood circulation cycle as they contract. When a valve becomes faulty, it causes blood in your legs to pool, which can ultimately lead to symptoms of:

  • Swelling of legs around affected veins or ankles
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain increasing after sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • Cramping or Restless Legs, especially at night
  • Feeling of heaviness and aching of the legs

Complications of Varicose Veins

Although varicose veins don’t always cause pain or discomfort, leaving varicose veins unattended can cause complications that can lead to serious results. Most notably, ulcers can develop, commonly around ankle areas from abnormal venous pressure causing skin to breakdown. If this happens to you, see a doctor immediately. Blood clotting is another complication that can occur when varicose veins are left untreated. Whether you are experiencing discomfort from varicose vein complications or not, we recommend you get them examined by a specialist at Vein Center of Orland Park.

EVLT Treatment

Vein Center of Orland Park offers Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT) to treat varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery, which eliminates the need for general anesthesia or sedation. The technology Dr. Kuefner uses is called CoolTouch and it helps minimize post-treatment tenderness. In fact, most of our patients don’t even require an aspirin afterward.

Varicose Veins Specialists

If you or someone you know has developed varicose veins, schedule an appointment with Vein Center of Orland Park. Dr. George Kuefner has 29+ years of experience in the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins for patients of all ages. He has spent his career refining and updating his methods with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic options for vein disorders. Come see how Vein Center of Orland Park can relieve you of your vein disorder symptoms!