Whether your varicose veins are causing you pain and swelling or are just an eyesore you wish you didn't have to hide, it’s time to pursue medical intervention and get your legs back to looking and feeling their best.
Here at the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, Dr. Jason Gold and Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus offer comprehensive care for all your foot and lower leg ailments, including varicose veins. We use state-of-the art diagnostic tools, such as an ultrasound,kiShe with treatments conducted by the doctors themselves for the best possible results.
Varicose veins symptoms and causes
Your leg veins return blood back to the heart against gravity with the help of a series of valves. In the case of varicose veins, faulty valves can lead to blood pooling in your legs. Varicose veins are common, affecting about a third of the people in the United States.
You know what varicose veins looks like -- they’re discolored, enlarged, twisted, or bulging. Some people experience no uncomfortable symptoms while others suffer pain, swelling, itching or burning. Your legs may also feel heavy or tired and discomfort may worsen as the day goes on. Sometimes just minor trauma can lead to a varicose vein bursting and bleeding.
Risk factors for developing the condition include increasing older age, family history, and being overweight. Women are more at risk due to hormonal changes throughout their life spans, including during pregnancy. Sitting or standing in the same position for a long period of time can impede good blood flow and increase the chance of developing varicose veins as well.
Treatment for varicose veins
Varicose veins can lead to a variety of serious complications including bleeding, skin ulcers, blood clots, and deep vein thrombosis, so getting proper treatment is vital.
Lifestyle changes can help treat varicose veins to keep them from getting worse. Exercising regularly and losing weight, if you need to, are two good strategies. Changing positions frequently to avoid prolonged sitting or standing can help, as can raising the legs whenever you can. Compression stockings are helpful, too, because they encourage improved circulation, including better blood flow upwards.
For severe cases of varicose veins, there are several minimally invasive treatment options that we can perform at our clinic:
- Laser vein removal uses a highly focused laser light to heat the blood inside the vein, causing scar tissue to form, which closes the vein. Without blood flowing through it, the vein slowly disappears and the blood is diverted to healthier veins. This is known as endovenous laser.
- Radiofrequency ablation works in a similar way with high-energy radiofrequency waves heating the inner walls of the vein to create scar tissue.
- Sclerotherapy involves collapsing varicose veins by injecting them with a specialized saline solution. Like with the other treatments, blood is redirected to healthy veins.
- VenaSeal™ closes the problematic vein by sealing it with a specially formulated medical adhesive which causes the blood to be rerouted to healthy veins.
- Varithena® microfoam fills the varicose vein resulting in its collapse and the blood flow shifting to other veins. The microfoam deactivates after this is accomplished.
If you're tired of leg pain and unsightly veins, contact us at 516-750-3033. That number allows you to make an appointment at either of our offices in Boca Raton or Boynton, Florida. Or you can click the “request appointment” button while you’re here on the website.