A common vascular disorder, varicose veins occurs when the one-way valves in our leg veins malfunction, allowing blood to collect and pool in the lower legs.
Excess pressure causes veins to bulge below the skin’s surface giving the veins a gnarled appearance.
How Varicose Veins Affect the Feet
Varicose veins tend to appear most often on the legs but the symptoms can also impact the feet and ankles. You may experience:
- Numbness or tingling in the feet
- Painful, itching or burning feet
- Tender or swollen feet
- Skin ulcers
Podiatry & Vein Health
Podiatric medicine focuses on disorders of the foot and ankle. Podiatrists often see patients with edema, pain, wounds and skin discoloration. These symptoms are often caused by vascular disease, including varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
Minimally invasive procedures performed in our office can help with these symptoms. Compression stockings worn on the legs can aide in increasing blood circulation, which reduces swelling in the lower extremities.
Venous insufficiency causes blood to pool in the legs which can result in swelling. If left untreated, wounds can develop on the legs due to the increased pressure. Our doctors, in conjunction with wound care centers, can help patients treat and manage their wounds caused by venous insufficiency.
To reduce the risk of developing vascular conditions or skin ulcers, consult the professionals at Vein Centers of Connecticut. Contact us to learn more!