Varicose veins are a symptom of vein disease, a condition that causes blood to collect in the veins in your legs. Vein disease and varicose veins have a number of risk factors, including heredity, being overweight, lack of exercise, and prolonged sitting or standing. At USA Vein Clinics, we offer a variety of treatment methods for vein disease in the legs and ankles. Our team of skilled doctors and staff are passionate about helping all of our patients find lasting relief from the debilitating symptoms of vein disease. Follow these tips for healthy legs so you can maintain positive overall health and avoid varicose veins.
Below we’ve put together of some quick and useful tips to not only get healthier legs, but maintain healthy legs for the rest of your life.
Tips for Healthy Legs
Tip# 1. Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
EVLT is offered as a non-surgical treatment for symptoms of vein disease. This treatment is performed in an office-based clinic and can take around 15-30 minutes depending on the state of your condition. During this procedure a specialist inserts a tiny image-guided catheter into the diseased vein and uses laser energy to seal it. This allows the healthy veins to take over circulation immediately. After an EVLT procedure, our patients can resume normal activities immediately.
Tip# 2. Compression stockings for support
Compression stockings should be worn after an EVLT procedure. Talk with your doctor about exactly how long you need to wear them for to prevent any complications. Stockings help treated veins from reopening by promoting good circulation in the legs and ankles. Your doctor will help you select a grade of compression stockings that is right for you and your symptoms.
Tip# 3. Avoid sitting or standing for a long-time
Some jobs require you to sit or stand for very long hours. This is one of the biggest risk factors for developing varicose veins. When you sit or stand for extended periods of time, the blood-pumping muscles in the legs are inactive. This can cause blood to pool in leg veins, leading to varicose veins. After an EVLT procedure, you should wear compression stockings if you cannot avoid prolonged sitting or standing.
Tip# 4. Maintain good circulation in your legs
Even after an EVLT procedure you need to maintain healthy blood circulation. Exercising or walking every day for at least 30 minutes is good for your overall health as well as your circulation.
Whether it’s varicose veins, spider veins, or venous ulcers, our clinics treat a variety of vein disease conditions. Varicose treatments take between 15-30 minutes depending on the number of veins affected. If you believe you are suffering from vein disease, contact us at 888.768.3467 to learn more about which treatment would work best for you.
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