VARICOSE VEINS AND LEG PAIN MAY BE SIGNS OF MORE SERIOUS ISSUES.
Individuals often “brush off” nagging leg pain and unsightly leg veins as something they “have to live with.” In reality, varicose are very treatable, and new treatment methodologies can typically be done on an outpatient basis.
In fact, treating leg pain and related vein disease is a great example of preventive medicine.
According to the Millennium Research Group, more than 30 million Americans have varicose veins. This condition happens when the valves in leg veins no longer function, the result of which is pooling blood.
People often assume these blue, red or flesh-colored veins are just a cosmetic nuisance, and many individuals mistakenly write them off as an unavoidable reality of aging, pregnancy or heredity.
Varicose veins are very often related to a more serious medical condition called chronic venous insufficiency. In addition to causing leg pain and swelling, CVI can result in leg restlessness, skin damage and even skin ulcers. And, surprisingly, less than 10 percent of people with CVI seek treatment for it, according to the Millennium Research Group.
Signs and symptoms of venous disease include:
• Cramps/pain in the calf.
• Heavy/swelling feeling in the leg.
• White atrophy, which is a scleroderma-like plaque on the legs.
• Skin discoloration.
• Open wounds.
• Skin problems (Dermatitis).
• Eczema that is dry or weeping.
• Dermatoliposclerosis, which is inflammation of subcutaneous fat.
If you have any of the symptoms above, mention them to your health care provider and know that customized treatment, tailored to your particular needs is available.
Procedures are much less complicated than in the past and recovery time is usually minimal. Many people are back to their normal exercise routines in a matter of days.
Some varicose veins facts:
• Painful vein stripping is a thing of the past. There are now minimally invasive treatment options, which are usually covered by insurance, that allow for a quick return to everyday activities, according to the British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
• Excess weight and unhealthy eating can cause varicose veins. So, regular exercise, combined with a healthy diet, help increase blood flow to the legs and maintain a healthy weight, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Nutrition guidelines that support vein health include:
• Think antioxidants. Load up on antioxidant-rich foods to improve the function of your vascular system. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables provides vitamins C, E and K, giving your body nourishment for healthy veins. Vitamin C helps to build and protect strong blood vessels, which can help some of the problems associated with varicose veins. Among ways to take in antioxidants, add blueberries to your yogurt and have raspberries or blackberries for a snack.
• Choose fiber-rich foods. Dietary fiber can be classified into two main categories: soluble and insoluble. Due to its ability to make stool bulkier and softer, soluble fiber can prevent constipation. Constipation increases pressure on the veins, which over time can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include oats, flaxseed, peas, beans, apples, carrots, barley, berries and psyllium.
• Drink enough water. We all know that drinking water is important for our health, but did you know that keeping hydrated can help with symptoms of varicose veins? Water is an important part of your diet, especially if you’re eating enough fiber. Water helps fiber do its job by flushing out the system and reducing any cramping or bloating.
Busy days might make it difficult to consume the recommended 8 cups per day. Be sure to ask your health care provider if increasing your water intake is right for you based on your medical history.
Here are a few tips to increase your water intake:
Start your day with a glass of water – have a full cup with breakfast.
Have a water bottle nearby at all times – at your desk, in the car and on the go.
Add flavor to keep it interesting – try slices of lemon, mint leaves, oranges or cucumbers.
Foods high in sodium can cause the body to retain fluid, which could increase damage to veins. By reducing sodium intake and upping water consumption, the fluids in your tissues can begin to balance out.
Sodium is not just salt added at the dinner table – it’s hidden in canned soups, deli meats, salad dressings, sauces, frozen entrees and fast food. Did you know that, according to the American Hearth Association, 75 percent of salt in the typical American diet comes from processed foods?
Changing your nutrition can help slow the development of varicose veins, increase the effectiveness of vein procedures, and make you healthier.
There are many misconceptions about varicose veins and venous disease. Though gender (women are more likely to have varicose veins than men), genetic disposition and pregnancy can be risk factors, people above the age of 50 are also more likely to develop varicose veins.
As boomers who want to stay active and healthy, we needn’t suffer unnecessarily with leg pain from varicose veins or other venous disease. Thanks to new advances in treatment, you no longer have to suffer with either varicose or spider veins! Minimally invasive procedures, like endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) alleviate both the pain and unsightly appearance and are virtually painless.
THE DELAWARE VEIN CENTER offers the most innovative and comprehensive vein treatments for the elimination of venous disease and its symptoms including varicose veins and spider veins. Procedures are performed in-office under local anesthesia. Patients will be free of the symptoms that they had formerly suffered beginning the next day.
We can benefit greatly if as individuals, we pay greater attention to leg pain and noticeable spider and varicose veins, and take action. Why not make that call today?
For a free screening, contact THE DELAWARE VEIN CENTER today. Most procedures are covered by your health insurance policy.
The Delaware Vein Center
20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 203, Georgetown, DE
article from the Missoulian. The Booming section features a monthly column sponsored by the Missoula City-County Health Department in order to assist baby boomers to be healthy and resilient.