How many times in life have you found out about a treatment or an innovation, and wished you knew about it earlier?
In today’s world, this is especially true of leg problems. When it comes to legs, you may have concerns or issues and be PUTTING UP WITH THEM.
Your leg symptoms can be remedied―so why put up with them?
Leg symptoms such as aches and pain, swelling, fatigue and heaviness are ways that your legs are trying to tell you there is a problem that needs attention, and if you ignore them, they will likely get worse.
As a matter of fact, most patients who come to our clinic and get help often say something like, “why didn’t I do this earlier?” or “where have you been all my life?”
So let’s talk Varicose veins (also known as Venous Insufficiency).
What is venous insufficiency? This is a condition that develops when the veins have weak walls and lose their valves. Veins are normally supposed to carry the blood to the heart but when the leg veins lose their valves, the blood pools in the leg and cause the following leg symptoms: pain, swelling, heaviness, fatigue, leg ulcers or sores and restless legs.
If you don’t see varicose veins and think you don’t have them, think again.
Varicose veins are not always visible. Thinking you don’t have varicose veins because you cannot see them is a misconception.
The key is to pay attention to the warning signs. Do you have any of the leg symptoms listed above? Do your legs swell, ache, tire, throb?
Do have discolored skin? Did you know varicose veins may show as discolored skin (any shade of pink, red, brown, or different than your normal skin)?
What about leg ulcers or sores that don’t heal or keep coming back? 75-80% of leg ulcers are caused by Vein Disease. Patients with leg ulcers are subject to many visits to their family physicians and/or Wound Clinics. These ulcers either don’t heal for months (or even years), or they keep coming back after they heal.
The reality is varicose veins can develop and worsen in such a subtle way that symptoms develop very gradually. Over time, you get used to daily aching and throbbing and swelling. In other words, you forget how good your legs used to feel all the time.
The longer you wait to have varicose veins treated, the more damage they will cause. You owe it to yourself and to your legs to check them out. After all your legs have supported you your whole life now it’s time to support them.