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Consulting with Vein Specialists

By Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS | Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Many people feel embarrassed when it comes to certain health issues, but when these health issues are affecting day-to-day life it’s important to take action—this means finally dealing with those varicose veins or spider veins you’ve always made sure were covered up. Beyond causing concerns with your physical appearance, pesky veins can actually lead to health issues, so it’s important to talk to an expert such as Dr. Schoenhaus, a leg vein specialist in Boca Raton. Here are four reasons it’s important to speak with a vein specialist concerning your vein problems.

  1. Tired and heavy legs: Believe it or not, when your legs often feel tired or heavy these can be early symptoms of future vein problems. More specifically, possible symptoms can be when your legs feel tired towards the end of the day or when they feel heavy as a result of mild swelling. Mild swelling in the legs could be due to poor venous return, or blood flow back up to the heart. Don’t get worried—these symptoms can easily be treated by your vein specialist through minimally invasive therapies or even the simple solution of compression stockings.
  2. Varicose veins are not just cosmetic – For years, people have been ignoring bulging vein issues because varicose veins were considered cosmetic and therefore not covered by insurance. Not anymore, in 1999 the FDA approved endovenous approaches to vein care dramatically changing how insurance covers vein issues. Today there are several procedures performed by vein specialists to treat vein problems with minimal discomfort and promising long-term success.
  3. Vein issues run in the family – Just like people say pre-mature hair loss can run in the family, so can varicose and spider veins. People with at least one first-degree relative with vein problems have a 60 percent chance of experiencing vein problems themselves. If you have at least two first-degree relatives with vein problems, you then have a 90 percent chance of developing your own vein issues. In addition to vein issues, many bleeding and blood clotting disorders are hereditary as well, so it’s important to be proactive about vein disease prevention. Set up an evaluation with your vein specialist if you feel you could fall into these categories.
  4. Open sores on legs – Although some people suffer from open sores such as arterial ulcers or diabetic ulcers, you’ll be surprised to know the majority of leg ulcers stem from issues concerning your veins. Thanks to effective and focused venous procedures, more leg ulcers are closed and remain closed with today’s advancements.

Above are only a few reasons to speak with your vein specialist—there are many other important vein issues that deserve medical attention. Don’t spend one more day hiding your legs under your clothes; make your vein problems—no matter how serious or minor—a priority and start learning about which treatment options could be best for you.


Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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