Over the last decade treatment for varicose vein disease has made significant advancements. These advancements have improved efficacy rates and recovery time, reduced pain as a result of the procedure and allowed patients to seek treatment in the comfort of an out patient clinic setting. While there are a few very common procedures offered these days, one of the most popular forms of varicose vein treatment is known as Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT).
Varicose veins have been associated with a number of symptoms that can affect your daily life on a regular basis. Many of these common symptoms of vein disease include: leg swelling or cramps, pain, skin discoloration and rashes near the ankles, and of course large bulging veins. The trouble with many of these symptoms, much like the disease itself, is that the onset of the symptoms are gradual as the disease progresses. Therefore, many people often do not always associate varicose veins as the cause for the discomfort and pain.
When I first began my wonderful journey in medicine 30 years ago, emergency room medicine was new to the field and initially discredited by the majority of medical professionals. In a similar fashion, phlebology was also first disregarded as solely pertaining to aesthetic and cosmetic issues. However, as I started making my transition from ER doctor to the field of varicose and spider veins, there were a number of findings I really never knew, and it became readily apparent to me that phlebologists treat more than just symptoms, they treat the underlying source of the disease. Fascinated with my findings I wanted to share them with all the doctors out there, so here is a collection of the top 10 things I have learned since becoming a vein doctor.
As it may seem obvious, engaging in some from of physical activity - like walking - has many health benefits. However, what you may not know is why walking is great for maintaining healthy legs when regarding your overall circulation.