Did you know that abnormal leg veins affect half of people who are 50 years and older? Varicose veins are commonly misunderstood as cosmetic problems, but there’s much more to them than their appearance!
Why Varicose Veins Pop Up
To understand the causes of varicose veins, it’s helpful to know how the veins in your body work. Veins are part of your circulatory system. Healthy veins act as one-way valves to keep blood flowing forward. When they’re weakened, blood in the veins leaks backward, collects there, and clogs the vein. This poor circulation results in swelling, heaviness, aching, and overall unpleasant symptoms in the legs.
- Along with discomfort, varicose veins typically show up deeply colored and swollen. While their appearance is quite obvious, their causes aren’t as straightforward. There are a number of potential causes for weakened veins such as:
- Increasing age
- Family history of varicose veins
- Standing or sitting for extended periods of time
- Many of these risk factors may be beyond your control, but there are still preventative measures that you can take to keep your veins healthy.
- Improving Circulation
- Alleviating the symptoms and trying to prevent varicose veins takes particular lifestyle changes. This includes losing or maintaining a healthy weight, exercising to improve circulation, and wearing compression stockings. The pressure from compression stockings prevents blood from pooling in the legs and decreases swelling.
Another important note to remember is to avoid prolonged standing or sitting. Too much of one or the other discourages proper circulation, so it’s recommended that you change your position every 30 minutes to keep your blood flowing.
When To Chat With Your Doctor
While it seems like a minor cosmetic issue now, symptoms might worsen later. Unfortunately varicose veins don’t go away on their own, so they shouldn’t be ignored. Knowing when to treat your veins involves recognizing more subtle symptoms such as having insomnia, constant fatigue, and overwhelming feelings of self-consciousness.
The subtle signs should send you signals, but the more obvious experiences, like aching veins or external bleeding, should have you speaking to your doctor right away.
Options For Treatment
- At Collom & Carney Clinic, we offer a number of treatment modalities for your aching legs and varicose veins. These include:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation
The majority of the procedures are performed in our offices by our highly qualified, board certified vascular and general surgeons. Each option is minimally invasive and utilizes cutting-edge innovations and technologies to treat your varicose veins. Better yet, most therapies are covered by your insurance and Medicare!
It’s not vain to care about your varicose veins. When symptoms turn into unpleasant experiences, it’s important that your condition doesn’t go untreated. To learn more about varicose veins or look into treatment options, contact us! We’d be happy to help you take steps towards a healthier life.