How to Achieve Healthy Legs
If you suffer from tired, swollen, heavy, aching legs or itchiness, cramps, Restless leg syndrome, lumps or bleeding during shaving, you may have varicose veins. We offer multiple options for treatment of problematic veins around the calves, thighs, eyes, hands, nose, abdomen and pelvic areas that may cause discomfort and heaviness.
STEPS TO HEALTHY LEGS!
Varicose veins affect up to 30% of the American adult population, mostly in women but affect men as well. Age, Heredity, pregnancy, occupation (standing or sitting) and genetics can increase chances of varicose veins. Blood circulates to the legs through arteries and returns to the heart, working against gravity. When you run or walk, the muscles surrounding the leg veins act as a pump to push the blood back toward the heart. The valves within the veins stop the blood from falling back down to the legs. If these valves are malfunctioning, they leak blood and increase pressure, like a backed up dam, and the veins will weaken and bulge, causing them to become varicose veins.
Without proper treatment, varicose veins can cause serious health problems including these symptoms that can possibly occur:
- Bleeding - Varicose veins can bleed after injuring, bumping, shaving close to the vein, a sandal strap rubbing on them or even a hard bump on the leg.
- Venous Stasis Dermatitis - Lower leg hemosiderin deposits staining the skin brownish red.
- Phlebitis - very painful inflammation of the veins of the lower leg. Often leads to cellulitis and ulceration and breakdown of the skin.
- Venous Ulcers - over time the hemosiderin deposits create poor quality unhealthy skin. This discolored skin eventually breaks open and the reulting wound is called an ulcer.
Our 3 Step Guide to Healthy Legs
Step 1 - Assemble Information
Larger varicose veins are usually easier to spot. However, determining where the vein originates from and the extent of the damage is more challenging. To do this, we conduct tests at our ACR (American College of Radiology) centers using a color duplex ultrasound scan, which checks for abnormalities and blood flow within the vein. We also use a Doppler ultrasound to create a map of the veins using sound waves, which shows blood flow and determines if the vein is refluxing.
Step 2 - Explain Options
We will discuss all options and create a personalized treatment plan for you. Some patients only need to wear compression stockings to fix the issue, while others may need a more involved treatment, such as:
- Sclerotherapy: micro injections that shut down the vein. The liquid or foam is a safe, effective and popular treatment for veins around the hands, legs and face.
- External Laser Therapy: cosmetic treatment for spider veins. This laser removes broken capillaries on the legs, thighs, chest, hands and face.
- RadioFrequency Ablation (endovenous laser treatment): uses energy to heat the vein, causing it to close. This is a quick, safe, in-house treatment that provides minimal downtime and irritation. We encourage patients to resume normal activities immediately to increase blood flow. RF Ablation relieves inflammation, swelling and other symptoms to prevent discoloration and bulging veins.