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    The Causes and Symptoms of Varicose Veins

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Varicose veins are a common cosmetic concern that most frequently affect the legs. In some cases, varicose veins also cause discomfort or pain. If you suffer from varicose veins, there are a variety of non-invasive vein therapy options available to eliminate them and restore your confidence in the appearance of your legs.

    Causes of Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins occur when the one-way valves inside the veins malfunction or wear out. When these valves do not function properly, blood pools inside the vein rather than being transported up the legs to the heart. Pooling blood causes the vein to expand and turn dark red, blue, or purple, forming a varicose vein. In many cases, the valves simply wear out due to age. However, there are other factors that contribute to the formation of varicose veins. Being overweight and minimally-active puts excess strain on your cardiovascular system, affecting the veins and their valves. Pregnancy can also cause the formation of varicose veins. Varicose veins are hereditary, meaning if many members of your family suffer from them, you are more likely to develop varicose veins as well.

    Symptoms of Varicose Veins

    A varicose vein is a thick, swollen, twisted vein visible beneath the skin. Veins may range from red or purple to blue or green in color. Varicose veins may cause discomfort in the legs, such as dull pain, itching, or a burning sensation. Your legs may feel heavy or tired, especially after long periods of sitting or standing. In some cases, varicose veins cause swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about your varicose veins and the possible treatment options.

    At the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, we are here to offer solutions that end the embarrassment and pain of varicose veins. Call (888) 804-4134 to schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Orlando, Ocoee, Kissimmee, or The Villages. Check out our blog to read more about prevention and treatment of varicose veins.

    A Look at the Different Types of Sclerotherapy

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Sclerotherapy is a common and non-invasive treatment option for varicose veins. During sclerotherapy treatment, medication is injected into the varicose vein that causes it to disappear. Today, there are two main types of sclerotherapy used to address varicose veins: conventional sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy. Talk to your vein specialist to determine which treatment option is best for your needs.

    Conventional Sclerotherapy

    During sclerotherapy treatment, varicose veins are identified and injected with a medicated solution called a sclerosant. The sclerosant solution causes damage to the walls of the varicose vein, causing a blood clot to form inside the vein. Over time, the damaged vein is destroyed naturally by the body and disappears from sight. The most common sclerosant used today is a solution called sodium tetradecyl sulphate, or STD. The amount of STD injected into the vein will depend upon the size of the varicose vein; more solution is needed to address larger veins.

    Foam Sclerotherapy

    Foam sclerotherapy is a relatively new treatment option. This treatment is similar to conventional sclerotherapy, but uses a foaming form of STD rather than a liquid solution. Foam is created by rapidly agitating liquid STD with air. The major benefit of foam sclerotherapy is that a smaller dosage of STD solution is needed during sclerotherapy treatment. Because foam takes up a larger volume than liquid alone, larger veins can be treated using less sclerosant. Foam sclerotherapy is performed using ultrasound guidance, and can be used to treat veins that have been previously addressed via surgery.

    At the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, we can help you find the best treatment to eliminate varicose veins. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to restore your confidence in your legs and enjoy life without pain or discomfort with treatments that include sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy. Click through our website or call (888) 804-4134 to find out more about us!

    Why Do Varicose Veins Appear in the Legs?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Varicose veins are swollen or bulging veins that often appear in the legs. They are most common in the legs because of the unique factors affecting the veins in this part of the body. Because the heart is located in the torso, blood traveling from the legs back to the heart is affected by the pull of gravity. Additionally, the veins in the legs are subjected to the pressure caused by the weight of your body every time you walk or stand. These factors wear down the valves inside the veins, which are responsible for moving blood in a one-way direction up to the heart. As these valves weaken, blood can flow backward to pool in the vein and cause a varicose vein.

    Today, there are many minimally-invasive options to eliminate unsightly varicose veins. If you’d like to learn more about endovenous laser treatment, vein lite sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, and more, call the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center at (888) 804-4134. Click through our blog to learn more about the causes and risk factors that lead to varicose veins and find out how you can prevent them.

    Simple Exercises to Promote Blood Flow

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Varicose veins occur when the one-way valves in your veins weaken or break down, allowing blood to pool inside the vein. Strengthening the cardiovascular system can prevent damage to these valves for better blood flow.

    This video demonstrates simple exercises for better blood flow. Perform foot flexions by lying on your back with your legs extended upward and heels resting against a wall. While in the same position, perform femur rotations by rotating your legs with your heels still pressed against the wall. Move your legs downward into a “frog” position to complete the set of exercises.

    Varicose veins don’t need to cause embarrassment when bearing your legs. At the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, we provide the finest level of care for varicose veins in the Greater Orlando area. You can learn more about our effective, nonsurgical vein treatment options by calling (888) 804-4134 or clicking through our website.

    When to See a Doctor About Your Varicose Veins

    Last updated 4 months ago

    In most cases, varicose veins are solely a cosmetic concern and do not pose any threat to your health. However, painful varicose veins may also be a sign of more serious venous disease. If you experience discomfort, pain, or swelling, visit a doctor to have your condition evaluated.

    Changes in the Vein

    A varicose vein that appears swollen or feels tender and warm to the touch should be brought to the attention of your doctor. If you feel a lump in the vein or near the vein in your leg, it’s also important to have a doctor evaluate your condition. A lump may be indicative of either a blood clot or inflammation inside the vein, both of which require medical treatment.

    Changes in the Skin Above a Vein

    The skin above a varicose vein is often thin, and can bleed profusely when injured. If you experience bleeding in the skin above a vein either with or without an injury, elevate the leg and apply pressure. Contact your doctor to check the area once you have stopped the bleeding. Any changes in the skin above or around a varicose vein, such as skin ulcers, color changes, a rash, or a thickening of the skin should be examined by a vein specialist.

    Changes in Comfort

    Varicose veins may cause a dull ache or burning sensation. If these feelings bother you or hinder your daily activities, ask your doctor about your vein treatment options. Additionally, increased levels of pain or discomfort from a varicose vein should be brought to the attention of a doctor to determine whether treatment is needed.

    Dr. John David Horowitz of the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center is board certified in vascular surgery and phlebology. At our practice, you can expect the highest level of care and a wide variety of nonsurgical vein treatment options for greater comfort and aesthetics. We invite you to click through our website or call (888) 804-4134 to schedule an appointment at any one of our four Orlando-area locations.

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