Symptoms and diagnosis
The medical profile can vary from an asymptomatic patient whose only concern is the aesthetical problem resulting from the existence of varicose veins, to the patient with the typical symptoms (heavy legs, pain, cramps, feeling of permanent tiredness, etc.) The symptoms become more intense when complications related to the stagnation of blood on the skin start to appear, which is when there is an atrophy of the tissue with an eczematous, and pruritic reaction
The most common symptoms of varicose veins are:
- Burning sensation in the feet and around the ankles.
- Grayish-brown discoloration of the ankles / calves.
- Visible swollen veins under the skin of the legs.
- Tiredness and heaviness on the legs.
- Itching and even a strong pain.
- Ulcers on the skin of the ankles.
- Swelling of ankles and feet.
- Night cramps.
- Tingling sensation.
First of all, you should know that the diagnosis of varicose veins must be done while the patient is standing. This is very important because due to our daily habits, it is ourselves who promote the appearance of varicose veins. During most of the day, we are either sitting or standing, whereas we do not spend more than 7 or 8 hours in bed, which means that we spend 2/3 of our time in positions that inevitably favor the appearance of varicose veins.
Today, no treatment to fight varicose veins can be started without a previous diagnosis. You must visit a specialist to conduct a comprehensive study on arterial circulation. These studies have revealed that not all varicose veins follow the same patters in every case, and this is a very important piece of information related to the development of future treatments. In summary, since not all varicose veins require surgery, the special circumstances of each patient must be considered in order to decide the right treatment