While varicose veins can happen in any part of the body, they tend to mostly occur on the legs and usually, it is only one leg. Discover why this vein problem tends to happen in only one leg and learn more about what options are available for varicose vein treatment.
What are Varicose Veins?
Veins help to transport and move blood throughout the body. If the veins are healthy, the blood effortlessly and easily moves throughout the body. However, if something happens – such as an injury or a valve stops working – the veins are unable to circulate blood throughout the body and problems occur.
Over time if blood cannot move through the veins they can become entangled, enlarged, or swollen. When this happens they are called varicose veins and can become extremely painful or uncomfortable.
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Extreme heavy feeling that develops in one or both of the legs
- Swollen feet or ankles
- The sensation of warmth that occurs during the veins
- Muscle cramps that happen only at night
- Itchy skin that seems to be near the affected vein
Why Do Varicose Veins Happen in One Leg Only?
Varicose veins can happen to almost any vein in the body. However, they tend to only happen to the veins in the lower extremities and they only happen on one side of the body.
Healthcare professionals are uncertain why varicose veins only happen on one side of the body. Some believe it could be because you experienced an injury to that side of the body which caused damage to the veins or the valves of the veins. Others believe it is just a natural part of having varicose veins.
Even though symptoms occur in one leg that doesn’t mean the other leg won’t ever get varicose veins. It just means that at the moment the veins are healthy, but you could be at risk of developing varicose veins in that leg in the future.
Exploring Options for Varicose Vein Treatment
A number of treatment options are available for people who suffer from varicose veins. Some treatment options that may be available to you if you suffer from varicose veins include:
- Conservative treatment such as compression stockings or making lifestyle changes
- Laser or radiofrequency ablation
Schedule an Appointment to Explore Possible Treatment Options for Your Varicose Veins
Tired of suffering from varicose veins? Call Siragusa Vein & Laser to schedule an appointment to speak with a vein specialist about treatment options. Our vein specialist will assess your situation and determine what treatment option will provide you with relief from any pain and discomfort you experience from varicose veins.