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Dr. Stephen Rivard

Medical Director and Founder of Illinois Vein Specialists -- Board Certified in Phlebology, i.e. the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
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  1. If your ultrasound was done in the sitting position or lying down. This could create false positives within your veins. All venous ultrasounds should be done in the standing position to ensure proper results.
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What Shoes Should I Wear If I Have Varicose Veins?



While there are not specific shoes that are best for varicose veins, there are definitely good and bad options. To start off with what not to wear, avoid wearing high heels that are greater than 2 inches. High heels affect your calves’ ability to pump blood back up to the legs and also restrict proper muscle function. This raises vein pressure in the lower legs and will lead to more pain in the lower extremities. 

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Traveling Tips if You Suffer From Varicose Veins.

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Summer is a wildly popular time to travel with family and friends as people take long flights to Europe or cross-country road trips to enjoy the beautiful weather. Traveling for long hours oftentimes can be painful for people with varicose veins as inactivity and gravity causes blood to pool near your legs and ankles. This often creates painful swelling and discomfort in the legs. Here are some tips to help minimize the pain and maximize the fun!

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IVS is in network with united healthcare as of august 1st.

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We are pleased to announce that as of August 1st 2017, Illinois Vein Specialists will start accepting United Healthcare insurance. We have joined their network and thus are approved by United Healthcare to treat patients within their network for varicose vein disease - performing procedures such as endovenous laser therapy.

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Wearing a Compression Hose is the very first step to vein treatment.

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A lot of patients who come into Illinois Vein Specialists to receive vein treatment think they will be able to get treatment immediately or very quickly from their first consultation. The benefits of treatment is that it is a medical procedure and is covered by insurance. However, some insurance companies require wearing a compression hose for 6 weeks to 3 months (depending on the insurance company) prior to receiving treatment. 

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