My Legs, My Ankles, My Feet - What is going on?

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Fall is here. The leaves are starting to change. Your kids are back in school.

It’s time to you take time out for yourself. Your legs have been bothering you for a few months now. You’ve been researching online the symptoms relating to your legs. Your legs have feeling heavy, aching and have started itching and swelling. You’re google research says you may have a medical condition called Venous Insufficiency, also known as venous reflux or vein disease. All your research points to the fact this is a progressive medical condition that will only get worse over time.

You want Healthy Legs again, so what are your options:

  • Sclerotherapy is an invasive vein treatment used to eliminate ugly spider veins and small varicose veins in the legs. This sclerotherapy procedure involves injecting a small needle with small volume of sclerosing solution into the diseased vein. This sclerosing liquid acts upon the lining of the vein to seal shut to gradually shrink and fade away causing the blood to reroute to healthy veins in the legs.
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment is an invasive vein procedure that can be performed in the office in less than one hour. This procedure involves using ultrasound guidance, using a thin fiber to insert into the diseased vein delivering high frequency impulse / energy through the device making the vein coagulate, shrink and disappear.
  • Endovenous Radio Frequency Thermocoagulation procedure involves heating of the vein wall through radio frequency waves, which makes the vein coagulate and disappear. This treatment takes on an average 20 minutes, virtually no pain, bruising or scaring seen.
  • Compression Therapy Treatment for venous edema is a conservative therapy to treat Venous Insufficiency, a very common term used by most vascular physicians. Venous insufficiency is a problem that is localized in the legs, ankles and feet which can lead to the development of varicose veins, causing swelling or edema, which is a backup of blood and increase pressure in the veins. Treatments can include exercise, wrapping, massage, compression pump and the most popular use is compression stockings.

You may ask what are Compression Stockings and how do they work?

Compression Stockings are elasticized hosiery that promotes blood circulation by putting gradient pressure on the veins. This improves the flow of blood back to the heart, reducing swelling, tiredness and the aching of the legs and feet. The “elasticized affect” is the graduated compression. The first time you slip a pair of Support Stockings / Support Socks, you’ll feel a gentle squeeze on the ankle. Don’t worry, this is normal. They steadily squeeze/massage pressure on your legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently, so your legs will feel pampered and refreshed all day.

Also doctors recommend Compression stockings /compression socks to be worn for one to three weeks (not applicable for laser procedures) and are designed for long term wear. After two weeks, a follow-up visit is required so that a physician can monitor the recovery process and check for complications.

Our LEGS are very important and should not be neglected. They carry and support us every day of our entire life. Be good to your legs, they deserve our attention and we should care about their well-being! 
Written by Admin 09-15-18