The Circulation blog recently discussed the hidden dangers of varicose veins and the importance of seeking treatment immediately to avoid their long-term, painful health effects on our lower extremities. Varicose veins are extremely common in adults, with over 20 percent of the population suffering from them. The good news is that varicose veins are easily treatable, especially if they are caught early on.

Lower extremity venous insufficiencies have a few very telling signs, and understanding these signs can help protect you and you loved ones from developing serious health risks in the future. Healthline offers six glaring identifiers to keep an eye out for:

  1. Swelling in the legs or ankles
  2. Aching, itching, weak or heavy legs
  3. Color change in skin around ankles
  4. Ulcers on your legs
  5. Tightness in your calves
  6. Enhanced pain while standing that often reduces when lifting your legs

If you or someone you love is suffering from venous insufficiencies, or have exhibited any of these warning signs, we encourage you to please call 907-561-3211 for information or to book an appointment.