Varicose Veins Can Be Painful
Varicose veins can be more than just unsightly lesions—if you’re currently suffering with them, you’ll know all about the achy, heavy, tired legs and the irritating itching. Coupled with the unpleasant appearance, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to varicose vein removal treatments.
How are Varicose Veins Treated?
These days, there are numerous options for having your varicose veins treated, and each of them will remove the physical symptoms almost immediately, with a cosmetic improvement following within a few weeks.
Depending on the type, number and severity of varicose veins, your clinician may recommend one of the following treatments:
- Sclerotherapy: Here, small varicose veins are injected with a solution which effectively closes them off and shuts off flow, causing them ultimately to fade. No anesthetic is required and this is a quick and painless procedure.
- Endothermal ablation: With this treatment, a catheter is used to introduce either high frequency radio waves or a laser to heat a small to medium varicose vein until it collapses and seals itself shut. It is usually carried out under local anesthesia.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy: Here, the vein is removed through a series of small incisions in the skin, under local anesthetic; the procedure typically takes around one hour, and is done on an outpatient basis.
- For more serious, larger or more complex varicose veins, vein stripping involves tying off and removing the vein in small sections. Endoscopic vein surgery, using a tiny camera to negotiate the vein, is usually reserved for serious cases involving leg ulcers.
For more information or to request a consult, Palm Vascular is a reputable Varicose Vein Treatment Center.
Initial Self Care Vein Advice
Before you opt for varicose vein treatment, a number of self care tips may help to reduce the pain of varicose veins.
Wearing compression stockings helps to improve blood flow and can reduce both the appearance and the physical symptoms of varicose veins if done properly.
Good weight management is important for minimizing the impact of varicose veins, too. Losing weight will help your blood flow more easily back to the heart, thus reducing the pressure on the venous system.
A sensible exercise plan will also work on improving your circulation, as well as aiding with weight loss. Exercises that recruit the leg muscles in particular, such as swimming, cycling or running, are especially recommended.
You will be advised to avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time without stretching your legs, getting up and moving around. Try to avoid crossing your legs too, as this puts undue pressure on the veins and can only exacerbate a varicose vein problem.
Keeping your feet up on a footstool or on the sofa while at home is a big help too; essentially, keep in mind that you need to be doing things which take the weight off your feet, and which get your leg muscles working (not necessarily at the same time!), as these are the key factors in seeing varicose vein improvement.
At-Home Pain Control
Whether you’re not ready to commit to a procedure yet or are just waiting for your scheduled date to arrive, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the pain associated with varicose veins. First, try an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or naproxen. Both can help manage mild to moderate pain, and are easily available at any drugstore. Second, try sequentially massaging your legs, starting from the base of your ankle and working your way up. This will help pooled blood continue flowing and relax your overworked veins.
If your varicose veins are bothering you in the cosmetic sense, you can apply makeup to cover them. However, for patients experiencing painful physical symptoms, there are such a variety of quick and simple varicose vein treatment options available that it’s worth investigating having them removed for good.