Ulcers of the Lower Leg

An ulcer is an open sore that does not heal or is recurrent. Lower leg ulcers develop most often around the ankles or wherever there is consistent pressure on the foot. In small cases and with prevention, they are easily treated. But if an ulcer is left to grow deeper into the skin tissue or become infected, treatment can be drastic and costly.

How does a lower leg ulcer develop? And,…

The Best Exercises for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged or stretched out due to blood that pools in the legs. In addition to making your veins bulge, they can cause the following symptoms:

  • Tired, Achy Legs
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Nighttime Leg Cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rashes
  • Swelling
  • Ulcers…

Is It Varicose Veins?

Our legs undergo a lot during the day. In fact, they carry us wherever we need to go. With so much activity, they are subject to many bumps, bruises, scratching, and cuts, but sometimes these marks or conditions can be telling of a much more serious problem, namely, varicose veins.

Heavy Leg Feeling

Have you ever performed strenuous activity like sports or a long exercise? That…

3 Nutrition Tips for Healthy Veins

Did you know that your body’s circulatory system stretches over 60,000 miles long? It plays an integral role in maintaining your overall health. Keeping it strong and nourished is vital for managing or avoiding venous diseases—including varicose veins—as well as living a long and healthy life.

Nourishing your veins is simpler than you would imagine. A daily dose of moderate exercise combined…

Varicose Veins & Pregnancy: What You Need to Do (and Why You Shouldn’t Worry)

When you first get pregnant, people will prepare you for a lot of things. From nausea and cravings to fatigue and mood swings, chances are you probably think you’ve heard it all. If only that were true.

For as many as 70% of expectant mothers, varicose veins can come as a somewhat frightening surprise. After…

Treating Unsightly Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

Varicose veins and superficial spider veins often develop when the body is not effectively returning blood out of the legs and back up to the heart. This is called venous insufficiency and it occurs when veins lose their elasticity, become stretched, and develop faulty valves within the vein. As a result, blood begins to pool within the vein causing the veins in the legs to dilate and lose the…

Vein Disease and the Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know

If you are one of more than 40 million Americans suffering from varicose veins or other venous diseases, you probably have some very important questions that need answering. Most importantly, you need to know what kind of treatment is available, and what you’ll need to do before receiving it. Leaving a vein disorder unattended to can worsen the condition, and lead to even more serious health risks down the line. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, you may have more options and protections available than you did in the past.

Men and Varicose Veins

Statistically, men are more reluctant than women to seek medical attention when faced with what they think is a minor health issue. Many men believe varicose veins are a simple cosmetic problem, and not a serious health risk. But chronic venous disease and other vein-related health issues should not be taken lightly or ignored. If left untreated, they can cause life-threatening health complications.

Choosing The Right Compression Therapy

Venous leg ulcers are painful wounds in the lower extremities that commonly affect older people, obese people and people who may have suffered a previous leg injury. The pain can be chronic and last weeks, even years. Compression therapy has been shown to be an especially effective tool for both treating venous leg ulcers and preventing new ones. There are several different types of compression therapy options available, each of them suitable for different scenarios.

What is Chronic Venous Disease?

Chronic venous disease (CVD), also known as chronic venous insufficiency, is a term that refers to several chronic vein disorders, including varicose veins, spider veins, and ulcers on the lower legs. CVD occurs when the veins in your legs become unable to return blood to your central circulatory system or heart. Without proper treatment, CVD and its symptoms can worsen, causing pain, damage to your legs, and other medical issues such as blood clots. It is important to know the risk factors and warning signs of CVD so that diagnoses and treatment can begin as soon as possible.