Have you noticed blue streaks on your legs lately? Have you been wearing long pants to the beach to cover them up? Have your feet and legs felt puffy or swollen?
You may be experiencing a common leg problem associated with varicose veins or spider veins.
Identifying the Problem: What Are Varicose and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are the swelling and twisting of the veins just beneath the skin of your thighs and calves; they’re also found throughout the body, but the most common problems are found in the legs. These veins have specialized valves that are meant as a one-way transport for blood to return to your heart. These valves work against gravity to help push the blood up your legs, rather than allowing it to pool in your feet. Unfortunately, when these particular veins and valves become weak or damaged, blood can begin to pool inside of them, causing them to swell.
Depending on the severity of the swelling, they’ll begin to protrude under the skin and become visible as long bluish-purple bumps that branch across your legs. Generally, the actual inflammation is centralized, but the bluish appearance can extend across the legs, causing blood vessels to dilate and resemble spider legs. These formations are informally known as spider veins.
In addition to the somewhat jarring appearance of these veins, the internal damage can cause the muscles in the legs and feet to swell, causing extreme pain.
How Common Are They?
Varicose veins can manifest at anytime, in anyone. Nearly 40 million people in the United States alone suffer from such inflammations. However, some factors due increase your risk of suffering. These include:
Excessive standing. Since your veins are constantly working against gravity, they can become weak faster if you are standing for long times.
Obesity. The added weight on the legs and feet can promote swelling and cause the veins to work harder.
Pregnancy. Many women develop varicose veins during and after pregnancy due to the added weight of the child as well as problems controlling blood pressure.
Heredity. Almost half of varicose vein patients have a family history of varicose veins. If both parents have varicose veins, your chances to develop the disease are close to 90 percent.
Gender. The prevalence of varicose veins is greater in women (55%) compared to men (45%).
Aging. Over half of the U.S. population over 50 years old is estimated to have varicose veins.
However, just because varicose and spider veins are prevalent doesn’t mean that you should have to live with them. Effective and safe treatments are available, and medical research is producing new refinements every year.
Your Treatment Options for Ugly Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can not only be physically unattractive, but the potential pain they cause is absolutely unnecessary. Why put yourself through it when you don’t have to?
We know the embarrassment and discomfort this condition can cause, which is why we provide excellent care and treatment to reduce inflammation, encourage blood flow, stop pain, and improve the look of your legs. Although common treatments include rest, elevation and compression stockings (which we provide), the gold standard for spider and small varicose vein treatment is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is essentially an injection that closes damaged veins, in order to reroute the excess blood to healthier veins. The benefits of this procedure include:
Permanent effects. Since the vein is closed, it won’t be able to receive excess blood in order to swell again.
Quick results. Spider veins fade quickly—typically over the course of a week. Although in severe cases, the same vein may need to be injected more than once, the results are extremely satisfactory to most of our clients.
Quick and safe treatment. The procedure doesn't require anesthesia and can be done in our office.
Make an Appointment Today to Uncover Your Pain-Free Legs
We believe that it is important to not only feel and look good, but also to have the proper knowledge, care, and support to keep your legs and feet healthy. This is why we pride ourselves in educating our patients as well as treating them the best we can. We provide advice and help for all your leg and feet needs, while striving to stay up to date with the latest techniques and treatments.
Call us today to make an appointment and see how our sclerotherapy can help you uncover your legs’ potential. We’re waiting to help you get back on your feet. Call now!