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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Are you in New York and suffering from varicose veins or varicosities? Then, there’s good news! Doctor Roya is a nationally acclaimed family doctor in NY who can provide you with the support and treatment you need to overcome and eliminate this common health condition. Keep reading to learn more about it.

Varicose veins overview

Most people can easily recognize varicose veins, those large, purplish, or bluish, twisted veins that are visible at the surface of the skin. They are sometimes also referred to as “spider veins”. What’s the difference between the two? Spider veins are generally smaller than varicose veins and resemble a spider web. Varicose veins are found on the legs, whereas spider veins can appear on the legs or even the face. For many patients, varicose veins are not painful and are nothing more than an aesthetic issue. However, in more severe cases, it can be very painful and result in more serious health issues.

Severe cases of varicosities present the following symptoms: 

  • Painful and/or heavy legs;
  • Swollen, throbbing lower legs with a burning; sensation and muscle cramping;
  • Pain from sitting or standing for a long time;
  • Itching in the area of the varicose veins;
  • Different skin color in the area of the varicose veins.

Varicose veins are caused by veins in the legs that have weak or damaged valves. The veins’ job is to return blood from the legs to the heart. This is more difficult to do in the legs since the veins must work against gravity. To help blood get back to the heart, the leg muscle contracts and pumps the blood upwards toward the heart. Valves inside the veins open as the blood passes and close to keep it from flowing downwards. It is when these valves become weak or damaged that varicosities can appear since there is a backflow of blood that stays in the veins, thus causing them to swell and twist.  

The following factors increase the risk of developing varicosities: 

  • Age;
  • Being a woman;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Family genetics;
  • Obesity;
  • Prolonged periods of immobility.

You can avoid getting varicose veins by adopting the following healthy habits that facilitate blood flow and improve muscle tone. These preventive measures can also help relieve any painful symptoms caused by this disease:   

  • Don’t wear high heels and/or tight pantyhose;
  • Don’t stay in the same position for too long;
  • Eat high-fiber and low-salt foods;
  • Get plenty of exercise;
  • Keep your legs elevated when you sit or lie down;
  • Try to maintain an average weight.

As stated above, severe cases of varicosities can lead to more serious health issues that require immediate medical attention from a doctor. If you notice a discolored area on your legs or ankles or suffer from persistent pain and swelling, don’t wait any longer, schedule an appointment today. 

Other severe varicose veins symptoms include: 

  • Leg ulcers;
  • Blood clots;
  • Bleeding caused by veins that have burst.

How to diagnose and treat varicose veins

During your visit to Doctor Roya’s medical center, she will conduct a routine examination of your legs and check for any swelling. She will also ask you questions about any other symptoms you might be experiencing such as pain or any other discomfort. If necessary, Doctor Roya may recommend doing a venous Doppler ultrasound of your legs. This painless and non-invasive test is useful to see the blood flow through the valves in the veins as well as the presence of blood clots. 

If the diagnosis of varicose veins is confirmed, there are three types of treatment that can be used either alone or combined.

Self-care treatments

Patients can ease the discomfort of varicose veins by making a few simple changes in their daily habits. The first thing they can do is get more exercise which will improve muscle tone and blood flow. To further facilitate blood flow, it is advisable that patients keep their legs elevated while sitting or lying down. Patients can also wear compression stockings which are available at most pharmacies and medical supply stores. You can choose between different amounts of compression according to your needs. To buy a pair of compression stockings, plan on a budget of about $25 to $30. 

If you have a more severe case of varicose veins or if the self-care treatments have proven to be ineffective, Doctor Roya may suggest using other outpatient medical procedures. Insurance overage may depend on whether the varicose veins are the subject of a cosmetic or a medical concern. 

Other procedures

If you have a more severe case or if the self-care treatments have proven to be ineffective, Doctor Roya may suggest using other outpatient medical procedures. Insurance overage may depend on whether the varicose veins are the subject of a cosmetic or a medical concern. 

Varicose veins: before and after pictures

Whether it was for medical or cosmetic reasons, once the treatment is done, the patient can see a drastic improvement in their condition. They are no longer in pain or uncomfortable and the visible varicosities on their legs have disappeared. As a result, they can resume living a healthy and happy life.

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FAQs

It is estimated that over 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. Over half of these patients are women. Roughly half of these patients are over the age of 50. 

Find similar medical conditions

If you have a mild case of varicose veins and are not experiencing any pain or discomfort, you can begin by trying the self-help treatments described above. However, if they are causing you considerable discomfort and pain or if you can no longer bear the way your legs look, you should immediately contact Doctor Roya for an appointment today! 

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