Treating varicose veins is the first step to healthy legs
Many people think of varicose veins as being purely cosmetic concerns, but they’re not.
In many cases, those squiggly, raised veins are a sign of venous insufficiency, a condition that ranges from being a daily annoyance to one that causes debilitating symptoms such as swelling, aching, burning, and itching. Many people also say their legs feel fatigued and restless; in some cases, the discomfort they feel in their legs keep them up at night. If varicose veins persist long enough, the skin surrounding them may become blotchy, discolored, and eventually ulcerated. Even if you don’t experience any pain or swelling, its no fun having ugly legs!
So how do varicose veins develop? It all comes down to malfunctioning valves. When blood circulates from your heart to your legs, your body relies on gravity to pull blood down and a combination of valves and muscles to push the blood back up. Your leg muscles flex, physically causing the blood to flow upwards. And as they do, valves within the veins act as backflow prevention devices; they close after the blood has flowed past them to keep the blood from dropping back down. Faulty valves that don’t completely close off result in blood backflowing and pooling in the veins.
Anyone can wind up with varicose veins; they’re not dependent on age or lifestyle. Sometimes being on your feet for excessively long periods of time can cause them, or sometimes they may be concurrent with diabetes or arterial disease. Sometimes they happen for no apparent reason.
Case 1: Erica
Erica experienced symptoms for two years before she saw a Facebook ad for a free vein screening. That’s when she decided to do something about the soreness and pulling she was feeling in her legs.
“It felt like the back of my knee was being constantly pulled whenever I was walking or standing. It was very uncomfortable,” she says.
“I finally decided to have something done about it since I kept having problems.” After having vein treatment at Allure, she says her legs feel lighter and no longer restless. Better yet, the pulling sensation is gone.
Case 2: Gerald
When Gerald first came to Allure, he was 60 and dealing with Type 2 diabetes, mild peripheral vascular disease, and diabetic neuropathy. Being overweight and mildly arthritic was already making it difficult for Gerald to get around, and his advanced varicose veins were making his situation worse. Fortunately, several months and a series of treatments later, Gerald’s problematic leg has shrunk back to its normal size, and his ulcers have healed.
Gerald no longer needs to use a wheelchair or walker.
“Gerald is constantly active. I can’t keep him inside the house anymore,” says his wife Donna. “He’s a different man.”
Gerald says that his leg no longer keeps him up at night and that he’s off his pain pills. In short, he has experienced substantial change in his quality of life.
If you think you suffer from vein disease, Allure offers free vein screenings, and can get your treatment expedited before your deductible resets in January. Call 866-654-1793.
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