12.09.2015

Don’t Have Varicose Veins? You May Still Have Venous Disease

Both Legs FrontWhile varicose veins can indicate that a patient has venous disease, also called venous insufficiency, their absence doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t have the condition. In fact, it’s possible to suffer from venous disease without developing varicose veins but exhibiting other symptoms that could be mistaken for another ailment. If you experience symptoms such as swelling, itching or pain in the legs, consult a physician to determine if venous insufficiency could be the cause.

What Are Varicose Veins?

While varicose veins indicate issues with the veins, they’re not the only symptom. However, they may be the only one that many people associate with venous disease. Varicose veins are dark, bulging, twisted veins that cause the skin above them to protrude.

What Is Venous Disease?

Venous disease refers to a problem with the way blood flows through the veins. Instead of flowing upward to the heart as it should, the blood sometimes flows in the opposite direction, down toward the legs and feet. This can cause the blood to pool in the legs and feet and cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to serious pain and potential complications.

Symptoms of Venous Disease

There are a wide range of symptoms associated with venous disease. Not all are severe, so you might not think they’re anything to worry about. Swelling, aching, throbbing, cramping, itching and a heavy feeling in the legs are all common symptoms. You might also experience leg pain that’s worse when you stand up. In addition, your legs might be weak or you may have a tight feeling in your calves. The skin on your legs might thicken or change color, or you might develop varicose veins or ulcers on your legs.

How to Diagnose Venous Disease

Symptoms alone can’t determine if someone has venous disease. This requires diagnostic procedures such as a duplex ultrasound, which measures both how blood flows through the vessels and how fast it flows.

Treatment Options for Venous Disease

Even if you don’t have varicose veins, consult a physician if you have any of the other symptoms associated with venous disease, as leaving it untreated could lead to complications. Treatment options for venous disease include measures as simple as wearing compression stockings or keeping the feet elevated to relieve pressure. More severe cases may require a procedure.

At Alpha Vein Clinic, we diagnose and treat vein-related problems — including varicose veins — for people in the Las Vegas area. We want to make sure you get relief — and get back on your feet. Make an appointment today to learn more about how we can help you.