Infection / Leg Ulcers
Left untreated, symptoms of varicose veins such as pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs or ankles worsen over time. Blood that pools in the varicose veins is depleted of oxygen and nutrients. The walls of these veins are already weakened and increased pressure allows red blood cells and fluid to leak into the tissues of the leg. This in turn causes swelling, pain, tingling and numbness in the legs and feet.
Chronic inflammation that develops from leakage makes the skin dark and discolored, commonly known as hyperpigmentation. Over time, the skin and surrounding fat under the skin can also get increasingly irritated and inflamed turning the tissue rubbery and firm; a condition called lipodermatosclerosis.
Over time, you may develop leg ulcers. Ulcers due to varicose veins are painful and difficult to heal unless the underlying venous back flow is corrected.
Another possible consequence of untreated varicose veins is spontaneous bleeding from the varicose veins. Bleeding may occur even from a minor injury to your legs and cause significant loss of blood in a short amount of time.
Your Vein Specilist at Alsara Vein Clinic will perform a detailed examination and discuss the best treatment options. It is never too late to seek care. Call 816-396-0245 for a Free Consultation.
Progression of Varicose Veins