Millions of people suffer from varicose veins. Beyond simply being a cosmetic concern, they are a major health concern, as it is one of the key symptoms of vein disease. Faulty valves in the veins cause the blood to run backwards instead of going back to the heart, causing the veins to swell and twist. These veins can cause pain and discomfort and, if left untreated, may bring on more serious complications. If you have varicose veins, here are some great tips for getting your legs back to good health:
- Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
The only solution for varicose veins is medical treatment. USA Vein Clinics offers endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), which is the gold standard for treating varicose veins. Unlike vein stripping, which was a highly invasive, painful procedure in which the surgeon would remove the entire diseased vein from the leg, EVLT is minimally invasive, non-surgical, outpatient treatment that only takes about 15 minutes. Using ultrasound technology, our vascular surgeons insert a tiny catheter into the affected vein. Heat from laser energy seals the vein, and the healthy veins around it take over circulation. Patients who receive the treatment can resume normal activities immediately. EVLT is covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.
- Compression stockings for support
After the EVLT procedure, it is recommended that you wear graduated compression socks or stockings, which will help keep the treated veins from reopening. Compression stockings come in three classes, class 1 being the most moderate, and class 3 being the firmest. Your doctor will help you choose the class of compression you need. Compression socks or stockings come in different styles and colors, so you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style while wearing medical socks. They are made from materials such as nylon, Lycra, cotton, and even merino wool and bamboo, so you can choose the material that best suits you.
- Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time
People who work in offices tend to sit for very long hours, while people who work in retail can spend up to eight hours on their feet. Sitting or standing for long periods of time is one of the greatest risk factors for developing varicose veins. When you sit or stand for a long time, the muscles in your legs that assist the veins in pumping blood are not used as much. This can cause blood to pool in your legs and ankles, which can lead to varicose veins. If you’ve had an EVLT procedure and must sit or stand for long periods of time, wear compression stockings to prevent the blood from pooling in your legs.
- Maintain good blood circulation in your legs
Even after you’ve had an EVLT procedure, it’s important to make lifestyle changes in order to maintain a healthy blood circulation. Exercise or walking every day for at least 30 minutes can help improve circulation in your legs. If you wear heels, try not to wear too high of a heel. Lower heeled shoes can help tone the muscles that help the veins pump blood back to your heart. If you have to sit or stand for long periods, be sure and give yourself a break.
Symptoms of vein disease include painful varicose veins, aches, cramps, heaviness, or swelling in the legs, restless leg syndrome, and skin discoloration. If you are suffering from symptoms of veins disease, don’t put off treatment! Pick up the phone and call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with our leading vein and vascular specialists. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.
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