While varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, they are most commonly found in the feet and legs. These large protruding veins are extremely common, especially for women, affecting nearly 42% in the US. While a lot of cases are merely a cosmetic issue, some varicose veins can be uncomfortable and lead to heart problems in the future if left untreated.
At Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, we understand the need to treat this condition efficiently and effectively. Even more so for our active South Florida patients who commonly wear shorts year-round. If you have noticed varicose veins in your lower extremities, make an appointment today. Our veins doctors can treat easily treat the condition, resulting in the fading or entire elimination your unsightly veins.
Why do Varicose Veins Occur?
Before we get into treatment options, it is important to understand why varicose veins develop in the first place. To put it simply, varicose veins are damaged veins. When the valves within your veins weaken over time, blood that is supposed to flow in a one-way direction back to your heart begins to flow in the opposite direction, before pooling in the veins. This accumulation of blood leads to pressure being placed on your vein walls, resulting in dark, bulging varicose veins.
Spider veins, which often resemble webs, also occur this way, but unlike varicose veins they also appear due to an injury, sunlight or hormonal changes.
Treating Your Varicose Veins Conservatively
After diagnosing your varicose veins, your vein specialist or podiatrist will recommend conservative options first. This includes compression wraps or stockings, and tips to improve your circulation overall, like exercise, leg elevation and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting.
If your varicose veins are not improving, the next step may be an endovenous ablation. This procedure is performed in office with local anesthesia and uses radiofrequency or laser energy to burn and close any damaged veins.
Sclerotherapy injections may also be recommended. These injections, which are performed with or without an ultrasound, involve injecting the varicose vein with a solution that will cause irritation to the lining of your blood vessel, resulting in the vein collapsing and turning into scar tissue over time.
Varicose Vein Surgery
In severe cases, or cases that are not responding to conservative treatments, surgery may be required. However, with the introduction of endovenous ablation, surgery for varicose veins is rarely needed. Some common types of varicose vein surgery include vein stripping or SEPS (Subfascial Endoscopic Perferator Surgery). Your vein specialist can help determine which route of treatment would be best for your individual case.
Don’t suffer through the pain, embarrassment and possible long-term problems attributed to your varicose veins any longer. We specialize in the treatment of damaged veins and employ the latest procedures to get you back to enjoying the active lifestyle of South Florida without worry. We have locations in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties to serve you. Make your appointment today! 1-855-550-FEET