Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue; in fact, they are a significant source of aching, throbbing, tiredness, swelling, cramps, and discomfort – and sometimes even pain – for people who suffer from them.

Read on to learn more about why varicose veins cause leg problems, as well as treatment options that can alleviate both the look and feel of these problem veins

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Why Did You Get Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often appear as a raised bump in the skin’s surface. There are plenty of reasons why varicose veins occur, including:

  • Weakened veins 
  • Poor blood flow
  • Wear and tear over the course of many years
  • Pregnancy 
  • Family history (varicose veins run in the family)
  • Obesity
  • Sitting or standing for significant amounts of time

What Symptoms Do Varicose Veins Cause?

Varicose veins are surprisingly common; in fact, it’s estimated that more than a third of the population suffers from varicose veins. While sometimes they are only a cosmetic concern, the majority of people experience a wide array of leg problems as a result of their varicose veins, including:

  • Itching
  • Aching
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing
  • Restless legs (especially at night)
  • Burning
  • Cramps – day or night time
  • Skin discoloration (mostly around the vein)

These leg problems often occur because the vein isn’t encouraging healthy blood flow. In fact, some varicose veins can even lead to an increased risk for blood clots, as the blood finds it difficult to flow through the enlarged, twisted vein.

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What Can Be Done to Treat Varicose Veins?

There are a number of so called conservative treatment options for varicose veins, including:

  • Compression stockings
  • Elevation of feet and legs
  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Taking breaks from prolonged periods of sitting or standing

Most of the time these measures don’t work. For most varicose veins – or if you’re bothered by the appearance of your varicose veins – we can perform the following procedures to eliminate them:

  • Endovenous Laser Treatments (ELT)
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

“Staff at The New York Skin & Vein Center are all so helpful and kind. My visit went very well with Dr. Dohner and I had a positive experience.” *

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Want to get rid of your varicose veins – for good?

If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (607) 431-2525 and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at New York Skin & Vein Centers will reach out to you promptly.