5 Reasons Seniors Should Consider Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins become more common as we age. The reason for this is that the one-way valves in our veins that keep blood from flowing backward get weaker as we get older, allowing for the blood to flow backwards. The pressure from the increased amount of blood within the vein builds up, resulting in twisted, bulging veins known as varicose veins.
If you have begun noticing these veins, you likely struggle with the idea of seeking treatment, thinking that they are just a cosmetic problem. You might be surprised to learn that varicose veins can present significant health-related problems.
The following are five reasons why you may want to consider varicose vein treatment:
Varicose veins can cause blood to pool in the affected area. This can cause fluid to leak out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue just beneath the skin, sometimes causing substantial swelling. As the varicose veins get worse, the swelling can get worse, as well. If you have noticed significant swelling and find it is difficult to move around or leave the house due to this swelling, talking to your doctor may help you figure out a treatment plan.
If you are experiencing burning, throbbing, heaviness or pain in your legs, varicose veins may be to blame. At least 65% of varicose vein patients over the age of 60 have reported at least one leg symptom related to their varicose veins. Treatment may be able to help you live a more comfortable life.
3) Leg Ulcers
Leg ulcers are sores on the legs that heal slowly or do not heal at all. Swelling and other changes in the skin make it harder for the body to heal from even small injuries. Varicose veins can cause leg ulcers, and treating them may help prevent leg ulcers.
4) Limited Physical Activity
Has the discomfort and pain from varicose veins reduced your desire or ability to exercise regularly or perform physical activities such as running, tennis, cycling, or even walking? Varicose vein treatment options can help get you back to your desired routine with little, to no, downtime required.
5) Skin Infections
In addition to sores that don’t heal, the swelling caused by varicose veins increases your chance of getting a skin infection known as cellulitis. Cellulitis is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. If part of your leg is red, swollen and painful, you should seek medical attention right away. Varicose vein treatment may decrease the swelling and reduce your risk of getting an infection.
If you’ve already tried non-invasive treatment options such as elevating your legs, losing weight, wearing compression stockings and exercising regularly, and still find that you have problems, it’s probably time to see a vein specialist.
Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center is the premier vein specialty medical practice in the Central Valley. Dr. Mario H. Gonzalez and his staff offer years of experience and medical expertise that you won’t find anywhere else. Contact us today to set up a consultation appointment.