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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 06, 2017
Category: circulation issues
Tags: varicose veins  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we find that many patients think that varicose veins are just unsightly and nothing that really has to be dealt with unless you are concerned about appearance—that is until they start to be uncomfortable. Although many people don’t experience any symptoms with varicose veins the ones below can occur:

  • Pain in the leg after sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • A feeling of heaviness or achiness in the legs
  • Dry or inflamed skin surrounding the veins
  • Itching
  • Swelling of feet, ankles or legs

Behind the Bulge

Varicose veins occur as a result of valves inside the veins becoming weak, stretched or damaged. These valves are what keep the blood flowing in one direction. When they weaken they can leak and the blood can pool in the veins and cause them to become enlarged and swollen. Varicose veins are common in the lower leg, ankle and foot because veins have to work against gravity to get blood back to your heart and these are the places of your body with the greatest upward climb. Besides aging, factors that make you more prone to varicose veins include:

  • Being female - Although both men and women can develop varicose veins, women are more likely to get them because of hormonal changes that occur during menopause and pregnancy.
  • Stationary jobs - Standing for long periods of time means your veins are consistently working harder to pump blood back up to your heart. If you have a job such as teaching or cashier or other position where you are on your feet for most of the day this increases your risk.
  • Obesity - If you are overweight it puts an increased strain on your veins.
  • Pregnancy - Pregnant women have not only hormones to deal with but also and increase in blood volume for the fetus which ups your chances of developing varicose veins.

Treatment

If you notice varicose veins it’s important that you have them examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. In some cases, they can be the sign of a circulation problem that can have other consequences. Traditional treatment for varicose veins includes compression stockings, regular exercise, limiting your time periods of standing and losing weight if appropriate. To learn more, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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