The burden of unsightly varicose and spider veins is not only aesthetic; it is an indication of a potentially serious medical problem known as vein ulcers. Vein ulcerations may be caused by a minor injury that results in the break of the skin. In most people this type of injury heals up without complication in a week or two.
However, vein ulcers can also be the result of varicose veins. Underlying reasons for an ulcer may be due to venous disease, arterial disease, or other diseases. Venous disease, which is often 80% of leg ulcers, is caused by the veins simply not working correctly. Veins in the leg have one-way valves that make sure the blood flows up the leg and not down. The valves may become defective or damaged. Varicose and spider veins may result and pressure can increase resulting in an ulcer. Arterial disease, caused by arterial failures or defects are responsible for about 15% of ulcers. Diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis account for the remaining 5%.
If you are afflicted with varicose veins, you are at risk for a leg ulcer. With leg ulcers you become at risk for blood clots. A blood clot is when blood changes from liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state. While blood clots do serve us well when healing a cut, a clot in a vein that does not dissolve can be a very dangerous and even life-threatening situation. If a blood clot breaks free and travels through the veins to the heart and lungs it can get stuck and prevent blood flow.
The optimum, pro-active step you can take is through specialized treatments aimed at clearing up unsightly veins that may cause pain, redness, hot areas, itching, swelling, heaviness in the leg , or restless leg. With treatment, you will increase the health of your legs and you significantly reduce the chance of developing vein ulcers and prevent dangerous conditions like blood clots. Denver Vein specializes in several different out-patient treatment options performed by a Board certified surgeon. Call today for an evaluation of your varicose or spider veins and take charge of your health going forward.