Despite the myths, varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They could lead to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) if left untreated.
It is important to see a vein specialist if you have varicose veins to prevent the condition from progressing into CVI, which can result in more serious signs and symptoms such as ankle swelling, fatigue, restlessness4 and pain of the legs, skin damage and ulcers.
Individuals affected by varicose veins or CVI should know that there are minimally-invasive treatment options available that are covered by many insurance plans. Some of these treatments allow for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to everyday activities while also eliminating varicose veins and improving the appearance of your legs.
Treatment options for varicose veins and CVI include:
Talking with a vein specialist is the best way to choose a treatment option that is best for you. Take the next steps: