Anyone who deals with varicose veins—or the similar, smaller version known as spider veins—knows how frustrating vein problems can be. These twisted, bulging veins can throb, burn, itch, cramp or even swell. Often they require medical treatment. For the one in four American adults who have varicose veins, there are frequently accompanying issues, like skin damage or even blood clots. Are you are noticing symptoms of what could be varicose veins or know you have them and are wondering if exercise is safe? Here is the good news: self-care strategies like exercise can sometimes help.
What Exercise Does for Veins
Exercise may ease the discomforts of varicose veins and keep them from getting worse. How? Even a low-impact exercise, like walking, can have a powerful effect on the body. It encourages blood circulation and gets the blood moving throughout your body. Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time can create vein problems. Regular movement, such as exercise, can actually discourage them. Likewise, exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. This is another way to take pressure off your legs and promote good blood flow.
Other Preventative Strategies
If you are curious about other preventative strategies for vein problems beyond exercise, here are a few possibilities. When combined with a lifestyle of regular movement, these options can potentially prevent the risk of vein issues and help with existing problems.
Keeping weight low
Eating a high-fiber diet
Eating a low-sodium diet
Avoiding high heels
Avoiding tight hosiery
Elevating the legs
Generally speaking, exercise is good for the body and its veins, primarily because it is good for circulation. The more blood gets moving through the body, the better. Patients who are concerned that exercise makes vein problems worse, can try wearing compression stockings during workouts, as well as elevating legs after cooling off.
Why It is So Important to Treat Your Vein Problems
When you have a minor problem with veins in your legs, you might be tempted to delay treatment – but this could actually backfire. The longer you wait, the more time there is for vein problems to worsen. The sooner you see a specialist, the sooner you can get your condition diagnosed and treated.
How Vein Problems Worsen
What may begin as a mere annoyance, over time, those enlarged veins you see beneath the skin can grow into swollen, twisted, painful veins which diminish blood flow. Vein problems might be more subtle with the only signs being swelling and feelings of heaviness and fatigue in the legs.
Why Seek Treatment Early?
When you come to our office with early stage vein issues, we can recommend the best treatment options. Those options can include simple lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss. Other treatments might include sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and laser. Our newest treatment option does not require needles or using compression stockings afterwards.
Call The Vein Institute of Hunterdon today at 908-788-0066 to set up your free exam – and be assured your veins are in good hands!
At The Vein Institute of Hunterdon, we pride ourselves, not only in our treatments of vein disorders, but also our ability to record and showcase our patients’ amazing results. For this, we have partnered with RxPhoto, the premier medical photography software solution for vein treatments.
Before and after photos allow patients to visualize the results of their vein procedures.
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take high-quality and consistent before and after medical photos.
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RxPhoto uses a secure wireless electronic device to provide a HIPAA compliant clinical photography system that standardizes the process of taking high-quality and consistent before and after medical photos.
Patients can better view the outcome of a procedure to help them understand the range of results the procedure can produce for treating veins.
Spring 2 months away? How can that be? With warmer weather ahead, shorts, skirts and bathing suits aren’t far behind. Some of us never want to show our legs, no matter how warm it gets!
Let this be the summer you finally feel comfortable with how your legs look and feel. Varicose and spider veins can often be treated with a simple procedure called sclerotherapy, the best way to make these small veins disappear. Many will advertise Laser as the quick and easy way to treat these veins. It is faster and easier, unfortunately, Laser usually does not work on spider veins!
Call The Vein Institute of Hunterdon at 908-788-0066 to schedule your free exam now so you are ready to show off your legs this summer!
What Is the Difference between Varicose and Spider Veins?
When you’re talking about those raised, swollen blood vessels often found on the legs, are you talking about varicose veins or spider veins? Or when you have small, red, purple or blue veins that twist and turn all over the skin, which kind or those? Are varicose and spider veins the same thing? How are they different? How are they alike? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at some of the basics of these two types of vein issues and why they matter.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: How They’re Alike
Both of these vein conditions stem from similar root issues. With varicose veins, the problems stems from non-functioning valves of blood vessels. The blood moving through the vein can’t move forward properly so it goes backwards, causing an enlarged vein. Spider veins come from the same issue, although their likelihood can be worsened by conditions like obesity, heredity, pregnancy and menopause.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: How They Differ
Varicose and spider veins have a lot in common, but the main way they differ is in appearance. Varicose veins are raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn beneath the skin. Spider veins, similarly, are smaller blood vessels in various colors, such as red, purple and blue. Additionally, varicose veins can be very painful, while spider veins typically don’t hurt. Spider veins are typically smaller and more superficial, whereas varicose veins are larger and deeper.
Warning Signs of These Conditions
In addition to the visual cues for vein conditions, there are other warning signs. When you’re experiencing some or all of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with varicose or spider veins:
Leg muscle cramps
Throbbing, burning and/or itching sensations in the legs
Tiredness in the legs
Swollen ankles and/or legs
The good news is, whichever of these conditions you’re facing, we have a variety of effective treatments available. Contact us The Vein Institute of Hunterdon to set up a free consultation to look at your veins and determine the best course of treatment. We’ll be happy to serve you!
Varicose veins are raised, swollen and often uncomfortable blood vessels usually found in the legs. Symptoms may include heaviness, swelling, skin darkening, numbness, aching pain, leg fatigue, itching and/or irritation.
Many women first notice varicose veins during pregnancy. While pregnancy does not cause varicose veins, it can worsen its symptoms. Pregnancy increases the amount of blood in a woman’s body, which in some cases, lead to enlarged veins. This is especially true at the end of pregnancy when the uterus puts greater pressure on the veins in the legs.
Walking daily can help your circulation.
Elevate your legs whenever you can.
Try to keep within the recommended weight range for your pregnancy.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Do not sit with your legs or ankles crossed. Flex your ankles when possible.
Wear compression stockings.
Take breaks and move around if you sit or stand for long periods of time.
Varicose veins tend to improve after pregnancy. If they don’t improve, there are medical treatments and procedures to treat them quickly and with minimal recovery time. A physician can determine the best course of action after an evaluation. These procedures can help reduce leg fatigue, swelling, pain and discomfort.
Contact our office to schedule your vein evaluation today.
Raised, swollen and often uncomfortable, varicose veins affect both men and women. These thickened, dilated blood vessels don’t control blood flow properly, so instead of blood flowing one way, it flows backward, weakening the vein walls in the process. Patients who suffer from varicose veins may experience symptoms like leg heaviness, swelling, skin darkening, numbness in the legs, aching pain, easily tired legs or even itching and irritation. What causes this situation? Why do varicose veins occur? Here are some of the top causes and aggravators:
Genetics. If someone in your family has varicose veins, you are much more likely to get it yourself. In fact, about 80 percent of the time, the condition is an inherited one.
Age. As a person ages, his or her veins tend to lose elasticity. As they stretch and weaken, the blood inside may reverse directions and pool in the veins, causing enlarged veins.
Pregnancy. While pregnancy does not cause varicose veins, it can worsen its symptoms. Pregnancy boosts the amount of blood in a woman’s body, which may, in some cases, lead to enlarged veins. This is especially true at the end of pregnancy when the uterus puts greater pressure on the veins in the legs. Likewise, women in the last 14 days of their menstrual cycles are also at higher risks.
Long Periods of Standing. As with pregnancy, long periods of standing alone won’t cause varicose veins; however, it, as well as obesity, can worsen it.
The Vein Institute of Hunterdon offers a variety of office-based procedures and treatments to improve your symptoms. Let us help you reduce leg fatigue, swelling and discomfort.
The most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only want treatment because they do not like the way they look cosmetically. Varicose veins can cause leg fatigue, swelling, and general discomfort. In addition, they can be a warning of long-term health risks including: deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, poor circulation, and leg swelling.
Exercise is the best way to prevent and maintain the vein tissue. Twenty minutes of walking a day or simply raising yourself up on the balls of your feet and then lowering them to strengthen the calf muscles throughout the day are two simple ways to help prevent varicose veins. Compression stocking is another approach to prevent the disease’s ability to progress.