Many people who have vein disease aren’t fully aware of their condition but have developed patterns in their everyday life to deal with the common symptoms such as pain, swelling, and heaviness
- Do you wear TEDs (the white stocking you get in the hospital)?
They are not effective for ambulatory patients. Anti-Embolism Stockings (TEDs) are designed for recumbent hospital patients to combat venous stasis and pulmonary embolisms.
- Do you elevate your feet at lunch time, while sitting at your desk, or immediately upon arriving home after a long day?
This is a common behavior to combat the swelling in the ankles and feet. While not all swelling is vein related, it should always be evaluated.
- Do you avoid prolonged standing?
- Are you uncomfortable after sitting for a prolonged period of time?
- Do you find yourself fidgeting in your seat on an airplane or while at a movie?
- Are you taking Advil or Tylenol for your leg pain on a regular basis?
- Can you predict your next menstrual cycle by the leg pain you’re experiencing?
While standing, gravity pulls down toward the foot, dramatically increasing venous pressure, distending veins, and slowing venous return from the legs. Increased pressure inside the veins, while standing, decreases the normal return of fluid from the tissues into the circulatory system. Therefore, standing causes swelling of the feet and ankles in the presence of varicose veins. A person’s tissues fill up with fluid while standing and then empty when lying down. This explains how swelling in the feet and ankles tends to disappear after a night’s sleep.
Vein problems are one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States. Approximately 20% of the adult population has or will develop vein disease in their lifetime. By age 50, up to 40% of women and 20% of men may have significant venous issues.
The key to treating venous disease effectively is to identify it early and treat it thoroughly. Without treatment vein deterioration will occur resulting in increased pain and swelling. Only a qualified physician will be able to accurately diagnose and determine treatment for vein disease. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, skin changes, varicose veins or if leg pain is limiting your life, make an appointment with Advanced Vein and Laser Centre right away. Many non-invasive forms of treatments are available to relieve your symptoms and prevent further complications due to untreated vein disease. Contact Advanced Vein and Laser Centre to
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