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Veins perform a range of essential tasks in the body, although they often may be the unsung heroes: they transport deoxygenated blood from different areas of the body, and then back to the heart to receive much-needed oxygen. They must work hard and go against gravity to achieve this task, with no rest. To get the blood back up to the heart, they are helped by the muscles in the legs. There are valves within those veins that prevent the blood from flowing back down towards the feet. This constant opening and closing of the valves in the legs combined with their fight against gravity make these veins much more likely to develop an unsightly appearance and, in some instances, other medical complications. Spider and varicose veins are common due to these valves not functioning as they should, causing enlargement of these veins and resulting in visible vein patterns across the legs.

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Are there different types of veins in the legs?

There are a few different types of veins in the leg. These are:

  • Superficial veins – They are closest to the skin and include spider veins which are minuscule weblike veins that can become visible through the skin.
  • Deep veins – These are located deeper into the leg and run closer to the arteries. It is these veins that are responsible for moving up to 95% of the blood back to the heart.
  • Arteries – These are the major blood vessels that deliver blood across the body at a much higher capacity than veins.
  • Perforating veins – These veins serve as bridges or connectors between deep and superficial veins.
  • Spider and varicose veins – They appear when the blood that is returning to the heart gets stuck inside a vein and causes congestion and enlargement of the surrounding vein.

Spider and varicose veins – They appear when the blood that is returning to the heart gets stuck inside a vein and causes congestion and enlargement of the surrounding vein.

How do the valves in the veins in your legs work?

When the veins in your legs are healthy, the one-way valves within them have the ability to move the blood in the direction of the heart. When you walk, the muscles in your legs and feet squeeze the deep veins sending the non-oxygenated blood upwards to its final destination. The valves are spaced about one inch apart.

After passing one valve the blood continues its journey towards the heart, passing every valve as it opens and closes with every muscle pump of the leg.

The key message here is: walking is very important in preventing the formation of spider or varicose veins. Make it a habit to walk as often as you can — your legs will thank you, and your overall health will benefit greatly.

How do valves get damaged?

In some cases, the walls of the veins become weakened, preventing the valves from closing, and thus allowing blood to flow in the wrong direction. As a result, blood pools within the legs, which further weakens the walls of the veins and makes more valves unable to perform their job as effectively as they should.

This pooled blood causes a range of other issues as well:

  • The pressure in the superficial veins rises, causing them to swell
  • The pressure causes visible varicose veins
  • Your veins may be tender to the touch

If you have been suffering from any of these issues, contact Med Smart Group as soon as possible so that we can schedule an appointment and begin treatment right away.

Is it possible for you to know when your veins are damaged?

In some people, it is easy to know because they feel tired, and they experience heaviness and aching within the legs, particularly after they have been standing or walking for a long period of time. This causes blood to pool at the bottom of the legs and, as more blood pools, ankles will also become swollen and the skin around them will become thin or discolored to the point that it may resemble bruises

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is important to visit your doctor right away. If these conditions are left untreated, they can advance and become slow-healing or non-healing wounds that eventually transform into venous stasis ulcers. And these can in turn become infected, continuing to reappear if not treated, making walking and other everyday movements very hard to accomplish.

What causes veins to be more visible?

There are several reasons why veins become more visible. Among them:

Age

As people age, skin tends to become thinner, weaker, and get stretched out. In those areas, blood tends to pool, contributing to larger veins that can much more easily be seen through the skin.

Weight

In this case, having too little fat works against you since being underweight will make your veins appear to be much closer to the surface of your skin making them much more noticeable. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to reducing the occurrence of varicose veins in the legs.

Vein Disease

Diseased veins tend to be much more visible than veins that are healthy. Varicose veins form and may cause leg pain, cramps, itching, or a feeling of heaviness. If you have them, you should know that they are not only unsightly: although they don´t cause serious medical issues, they may be a sign of more serious issues under the surface of the skin.

What other conditions can develop from poor circulation?

Sometimes you may feel that your legs or feet keep falling asleep, or that they may feel restless, heavy, swollen, or tingly. You may have been trying to find an explanation for what you are feeling without knowing where to look – it turns out that the culprit for these conditions is likely poor circulation.

When your legs do not receive the blood and oxygen they require in order to be healthy, venous insufficiency can result. With it come symptoms such as:

Muscle cramps – Cramping happens because of inconsistent blood flow and result in aches and pains.

Cold legs or feet – Reduced blood flow to the legs will cause them to feel colder than the rest of the body.

Swollen ankles, legs, or feet – As explained above, this happens when blood pools in the lower parts of the legs, and the fluid buildup results in swelling.

Varicose veins – The same blood pooling puts pressure on veins, causing them to bulge out.

Leg ulcers – A tear in the skin on the leg can become enlarged due to increased blood pressure. Ulcers tend to take very long to heal, and in some cases, they may not heal at all.

Variations in skin color – Insufficient blood flow can impact the coloration of the skin on your legs and feet.

Blood clots – Clots present a serious danger because they can completely block blood flow. They may start out in a leg before moving upwards towards much more critical organs such as the lungs.

Vein disease – This happens when the valves malfunction, and is generally associated with spider and varicose veins.

Mary-Thurner syndrome – This syndrome appears when the right iliac artery compresses the left iliac vein, restricting the blood flow out of the left leg. It results in swelling.

Deep vein thrombosis – This is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep vein system. Symptoms include cramping, swelling, discoloration, or warmth in the affected area, but in some cases, there are no symptoms at all. If a blood clot caused by this condition travels to your lungs it can trigger a deadly pulmonary embolism.

If you have any of the above symptoms of poor blood circulation, make an appointment with your doctor to start treatment right away. As you have read, untreated blood circulation issues can lead to serious complications.

What are the main risk factors for vein disease?

The main factors for vein disease are:

If you check any of these boxes, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about the strategy we can develop for your specific needs.

How do you get rid of veins on your legs?

Treating the affected veins will improve circulation. This is accomplished by closing off malfunctioning veins and allowing the blood flow to be rerouted to healthy veins. This procedure immediately restores the unimpeded travel of blood to and from the heart, and the veins that are no longer in use will eventually be absorbed by the body.

Diseased veins may be treated with Endovenous Laser Treatment, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, and Varithena, among others. Your doctor will study your particular situation and determine which treatment is best suited to fix it.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

This is a non-surgical, outpatient laser treatment for varicose veins that uses ultrasound-guided technology to target malfunctioning veins, making them collapse. To do this, your doctor will insert a minuscule laser fiber into the vein in question. The laser energy will heat and close the vein. Healthy veins will take over the circulation of the blood.

This treatment effectively eliminates your painful symptoms with no scarring or stitches, allowing you to resume your daily activities right away.

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

In order to treat varicose veins or other manifestations of venous insufficiency, this technology can be used to target intricate networks of problematic, smaller veins. Using an ultrasound to map the malfunctioning veins, the radiologist will then inject a sclerosant solution into them, prompting the veins to thicken, become irritated, and then collapse. Again, blood flow is diverted to healthy, surrounding veins.

This is a quick procedure that usually takes 15 minutes or less from start to finish. There is limited discomfort and no scarring. You may resume your daily activities right away.

Varithena

In this treatment, the Varithena device is used to generate a microfoam which is injected into the vein with the help of an ultrasound for guidance. The foam fills the affected vein causing it to collapse. This is a minimally invasive procedure with no recovery time.

Some Things to Know About Varicose Veins

During your consultation, you will be able to describe to your doctor any pain and aches you have been feeling in your legs. Your doctor will examine your legs to check if there is any swelling, and may determine that you need an ultrasound to determine if the valves in the problematic areas are working as they should, or if there is evidence of any blood clots. The images are transmitted to a monitor where the doctor can determine the best treatment for the problematic areas.

There are a few things you should know when it comes to varicose veins: to begin with, treating them does not require either a hospital stay or an uncomfortable, difficult recovery; however, your insurance may not cover treatments that are considered to be purely cosmetic. Make sure to find out if you may have to pay for treatment yourself.

What can you do for varicose veins?

There are a number of steps that you can take to avoid varicose veins or, if they are already present, to prevent them from causing you more discomfort. Self-care for varicose veins includes:

  • Add exercise to your daily life – if this is your first time exercising, start by incorporating walking thirty minutes every day.
  • Lose weight
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes that may impede circulation
  • Elevate your legs
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Wear compression stockings

How do compression stockings help with varicose veins?

Think of them as a first approach to treating varicose veins before switching to other treatments. By compressing your legs, they help your leg muscles and veins more blood more efficiently.

Your doctor may recommend the amount of compression you may need or go so far as to give you a prescription for special compression stockings to meet your needs. These stockings might even be covered for your insurance if you are using them to alleviate symptoms. Stockings without prescriptions may be found at most local pharmacies.

Veins Treatment at Med Smart Group

Our team of specialists at Med Smart Group is ready to offer you the vein treatment you need now. During your diagnostic appointment, you will receive an ultrasound evaluation as needed. The veins in your legs will be thoroughly examined and screenings for vein disease will also be performed. The results of all evaluations will be interpreted to ensure the most accurate diagnosis. You will then be presented with the best treatment options and answer any questions you may have about treatment and the recovery process. We specialize in all minimally invasive procedures both for diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and other diseases of the veins. Don’t put off the health of your legs, make an appointment today.

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