At the mention of varicose veins, many imagine ugly nodes protruding on the legs. In addition to external problems, varicose veins can lead to more serious complications, including loss of mobility. According to statistics, 30% of women and at least 10% of men with this disease seek medical help. Therefore, it is very important to know the first completely unobvious signs of this incipient disease in order to start treatment in time and avoid unpleasant consequences.
One of the most unobvious and often overlooked symptoms of varicose veins is itching in the legs and ankles. It is caused by changes that occur in the vessels and tissues adjacent to the site of inflammation. Stagnation of blood in the affected veins becomes a cause of malnutrition of tissues so the metabolic products cease to be excreted properly. It is this process that causes excessive dryness and peeling of the leg’s skin.
Itching with varicose veins seems a rather “safe” symptom but it signals the onset of the disease and can lead to the formation of trophic ulcers.
Varicose veins of the lower extremities manifest themselves through a variety of symptoms but the most common is night cramps in the legs. Due to the stagnation of blood, there is a violation of circulation in the veins and smaller vessels. Pressure on adjacent tissues increases, irritation of nerve endings appear and seizures occur. Muscles begin to experience oxygen starvation due to poor metabolism which also leads to cramps.
Patients with varicose veins often complain of a change in skin color in the area of the affected deep veins. The uneven color of the legs such as white or dark spots should alert those who suspect the presence of varicose veins.
The color change is due to insufficient blood supply and poor lymph circulation. The spots do not bother the person at first but as the disease develops, the situation becomes alarming. The spots turn red, tighten, and start itching. In this case, doctors warn the patient about the possibility of inflammation and even the appearance of trophic ulcers but only if left untreated.
If after long periods of immobility and being in a static position your legs begin to hurt, then this is a reason to take a closer look at your health. In the initial stages of varicose veins, the pain is almost imperceptible and it disappears if you raise your legs higher or make a light massage. Despite its low intensity, such pain is an alarming symptom.
Unpleasant sensations in the legs are associated with impaired blood circulation. In a healthy body, blood travels quite quickly from the legs to the heart but varicose veins impede this process. Specialists from veins treatment centers say that varicose veins are associated with heart health. They recommend examining the cardiovascular system in order to avoid problems with heart valves.
Short-term periodic feet numbness may indicate the initial stage of varicose veins. If it occurs rarely, then it is not an alarming sign of the disease but a normal occurrence. Recurring episodes indicate the need to visit a phlebologist.
Numbness is a rather complicated process. It occurs due to the poor functioning of the joints. Poor functioning of the joints occurs due to insufficient supply of tissue with oxygen. The extremities suffer from a lack of an articular fluid responsible for normal motor activity.