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What Does Varicose Vein Pain Feel Like?

At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, we treat all sorts of venous issues. Varicose veins are a common complaint, as they often cause problems for many patients. Aside from their unsightly appearance, these diseased veins can also cause pain. As varicose veins are caused by diseased veins that will not improve on their own, it’s essential to have them evaluated as soon as you spot the telltale signs of them forming or notice any varicose vein pain. From here, Dr. Craig Schwartz will then provide you with an individualized treatment plan to eliminate your varicose veins with optimal cosmetic results!

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What are Varicose Veins?

Veins run throughout your body and are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. They have thin walls and valves throughout, and the valves’ purpose is to prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction.

When these valves malfunction or stop working, varicose veins canform. These malfunctioning valves lead to blood flowing backward or getting stuck in a vein, causing an increase in pressure. This increased pressure makes the vein swell, creating the bulging appearance of varicose veins. Once a vein has gone varicose, it can’t go back to normal and must be treated. These bulging veins most commonly develop in the legs. 

About Varicose Vein Pain

Some varicose veins might not cause any symptoms at all. However, it’s not uncommon to experience varicose vein pain because of the increased pressure within the affected blood vessels. As the pressure keeps increasing, you are likely to feel a dull ache, often described as a continuous throbbing pain. You will also feel it more on the surface of your leg, which should distinguish it from any deeper muscular pain. 

It is very important to seek out a full vein screening if you experience any vascular pain. There are more serious venous issues that could cause your pain – such as Deep Vein Thrombosis(link) or Superficial Thrombophlebitis(link) – so it’s important to obtain an evaluation by a board-certified vascular surgeon who can provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.

Prevent Varicose Vein Pain

Although they won’t reverse your vein disease, there are things you can do to help alleviate the pain  you experience when blood pools in the veins, increasing the pressure you feel. Staying active and stretching your legs is one way to prevent pain and swelling.Calf muscle stretches are especially helpful, as they will increase blood flow to the area.  It’s also advisable to avoid sitting for long periods when possible. Any time you stop moving, the blood will pool in the veins, causing increased blood pressure. 

Elevating your legs is also another way of managing varicose vein pain, as it encourages the blood to flow back to your heart. You’re effectively using gravity to make the blood move in this direction, easing and preventing any pain. 

Compression socks/stockings also work really well at alleviating varicose vein pain. The added compression forces more blood to your legs, encouraging it to flow freely and return to the heart. It’s one of the easiest ways to prevent pain as you can wear these socks throughout the day without it disrupting your routine. It’s important to see a physician for prescription-grade compression stockings for true relief.

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Varicose Vein Treatments

Dr. Schwartz provides three different treatment options for varicose veins, and will provide you with an individualized treatment plan after evaluating your condition through visual exam, as well as ultrasound testing. 

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

EVLA is also referred to as laser closer treatment. Dr. Schwartz uses the Sciton Pro-V Laster System to deliver thermal energy to the varicose vein, sealing it off. This is done via a tiny laser fiber, inserted through a needle. When a vein is closed off, blood can find a new path through healthier veins, restoring circulation. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is another treatment option that focuses on removing the visible bulging vein. Tiny incisions are made to access the vein, with a special instrument removing it. Again, blood is redirected to healthier blood vessels, improving circulation. Due to the smallness of the incisions, stitches won’t be needed as they heal very quickly. 

Finally, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy is used for varicose veins that aren’t visible to the eye. They’re below the surface of the skin, and ultrasound is used to find them. From here, Dr. Schwartz injects FDA-approved medication into the veins, causing them to seal themselves off. They will then be absorbed by the body, and normal circulation can resume. 

All of our vein treatments are minimally-invasive and performed in the comfort and convenience of our Kansas City area vein treatment center using local anesthesia only! Contrary to popular belief, you no longer require extensive surgery to handle varicose veins!


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Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about our varicose vein treatments, call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free vein screening! We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein treatment center can improve your condition.

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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