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Medical Treatment for Varicose Veins

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

Varicose veins are veins that are larger than normal. They occur most often in pregnant women, obese and elderly individuals. Although varicose veins are not necessarily dangerous, in some cases you may need to seek vein treatment to deal with potential complications. Before seeking medical treatment for varicose veins, you may want to see whether any of the lifestyle changes recommended for varicose veins help.

These include walking more, elevating your legs, not crossing your legs when seated, wearing compression stockings, avoiding tight clothing, not drinking alcohol, and losing any excess weight you may be carrying.

Varicose veins can form due to blood clots, and in these cases, you will want to see your doctor. Signs of a potential blood clot or other complications include leg pain, unexplained swelling, discoloration, chest pain, or difficulty breathing. Likewise, if you cut yourself due to thin skin over a varicose vein and you can’t get it to stop bleeding, you should go to the doctor right away.

Medical treatment for varicose veins available in Boca Raton includes sclerotherapy and laser treatment, but these treatments are mainly only effective with smaller veins and spider veins. Large varicose veins may require surgery involving vein stripping, ligation, endovenous laser therapy, or avulsion. Even with surgery, there is a risk that your varicose veins may come back again. These surgeries are usually performed on an outpatient basis, but you will need some time afterward to recover fully, and you will probably have at least some bruising as well as scars, depending on the type of surgery used.


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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