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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Podiatrist  

How much do you know about this common condition? If you’re like many patients we see at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC you may have some misconceptions about varicose veins. Below, we will try to help set the record straight.

Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.

FALSE: Varicose veins occur when the valve in a vein becomes weak. This can happen as a result of age, pregnancy or menopausal hormones, genetics or being overweight. With a weak valve, some of the blood that is getting pumped back to the heart may leak and then pool, forming the bulging vein. While varicose veins are often harmless, because they are associated with blood flow they should be checked by a doctor. In rare cases, veins can burst or blood clots or ulcers can develop.

The only symptoms of this disorder are bulging veins.

FALSE: While it’s true that for many people varicose veins are noticed only by appearance, they can cause discomfort. Pain, throbbing, swelling, burning and muscle cramping can all be caused by varicose veins. In addition, the skin around the vein may become red and itchy. These symptoms may get worse when you spend long hours on your feet.

There are self care methods to help alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins.

TRUE: There are several ways that patients can help keep varicose veins under control. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Changing your position frequently—avoiding long periods of sitting or standing
  • Not wearing very tight hose, socks or leggings
  • Putting your feet up at the end of the day

There’s nothing the podiatrist can do about varicose veins so it’s not worth making an appointment.

FALSE: If self care measures are not effective at relieving painful symptoms our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico may recommend compression stockings be worn. There are also minor surgical procedures available such as Sclerotherapy, which can collapse the vein with the defective valve. Your body will naturally reroute the flow of blood through veins that are functioning properly.

If you have additional questions about varicose veins contact our Pooler, GA office at: 912-330-8885.

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