You saw them on your grandmother’s legs, and now you see them on your mom. What can you do to avoid feeling the same aching pain? Here are some of the strategies that may help you avoid or delay developing varicose veins:
- Maintain a healthy weight – One of most significant factors that exacerbates varicose veins is obesity. By staying active and eating a healthful diet, you can stave off vein disease (and many other health concerns as well).
- Vary your position – People who sit all day, stand all day, take long flights or long drives put added pressure on the leg muscles and circulation. Be sure to do change your position and exercise the full range of muscles in your legs multiple times throughout the day.
- Wear compression stockings – If you have a genetic predisposition for venous insufficiency, it would be smart for you to wear graduate compression socks or stockings to give your circulatory system extra support.
- Use hormones with caution – At different times of our lives we may choose to use hormonally-based medications to prevent pregnancy or ease the symptoms of menopause. Be aware that these medications may have an impact on your veins as well.
- Watch for the tell-tale signs – In addition to the characteristic dark-colored curvy veins bulging at the skin’s surface of the legs, common varicose vein symptoms include heavy, tired, achy legs, swelling in the legs or ankles, an itchy scaly rash, and restless leg syndrome.
Can varicose veins be treated?
Yes! In the past, treating varicose veins was painful and not very successful. Thankfully today, with the help of ultrasonic and laser technologies, doctors can pinpoint venous insufficiency and use highly-targeted techniques to painlessly close off failed veins so that they are absorbed into the body. The treatment is done quickly right in the office and it requires little or no downtime. Once a vein has been treated, it is gone forever. And, because varicose veins are caused by chronic venous hypertension, treatment is covered by most insurance plans.
The physicians Illinois Vein Specialists are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine. They evaluate and treat patients with spider veins, varicose veins, and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). In the past decade they have helped more than 10,000 people identify, treat, and eliminate the effects of vein disease.
Illinois Vein Specialists serves patients throughout the Chicago area: Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. Get back to enjoying your time on the greens. Set up a consultation with Illinois Vein Specialists today and say goodbye to the pain of varicose veins.
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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois.
We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.