Don’t miss your body’s warning signs

42097348 - woman relaxing in sauna. massaging legs.The older you get, the more you have to watch out for potential health issues. You have to watch what you eat, how you exercise, and pay attention to genetic conditions you may be predisposed to develop. It can be overwhelming to manage your health.

Your body has developed warning systems that can alert you to a potential problem, like how you always start to feel run down a few days before you develop a cold. The signs are there. You have to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you.

Our patients come to us because they’ve noticed changes in their bodies, especially in their legs. They might see a cluster of dark-colored veins that indicate spider vein issues or raised bumpy varicose veins that get worse over time. By the time they seek treatment, the problem has already developed, and treatment to remove the affected area is the one way to deal with it.

Many of our patients wish they had known what to look for earlier so they could prevent unnecessary treatment. If you want to avoid vein issues before they start, you need to look for these warning signs:

  • Swelling around the legs or ankles
  • Pain after standing
  • Leg cramps
  • Feelings of heaviness in your legs
  • Poor circulation
  • Itchy spots
  • Weak legs
  • Skin color changes
  • Tight calves

It’s a good idea to check your legs for these symptoms continually. They can be early warning signs of vein issues such as varicose veins, spider veins or even vein ulcers. Have a partner check the back of your legs for any potential issues as well. Once a vein issue shows up, it will only get worse, so it’s best to catch it early.

If you suspect that you have vein issues, make an appointment at our clinic. Our doctors can perform a lower extremity ultrasound examination to check for underlying problems that may not have presented yet. Once the doctors have determined if you require treatment, they will recommend a course of action to remove the problem area.

Don’t ignore the warning signs of lower venous disease. It can come on fast, especially as you age. Perform regular checks and seek treatment if you suspect you have developed an issue.

5 ways to show your legs some love

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Vein issues such as varicose and spider veins have more than a physical effect on the body. Many patients report feelings of depression, anxiety and stress over these conditions and the appearance of their legs.

Treatment to remove the problem can help, but there is still often significant mental stress and anxiety for many patients. It takes time to address these feelings and feel better about your body.

One way to improve your feelings about your legs is to show them a little love. Small actions can have significant results and can help shift your mindset. Here are five ways you can learn to love your legs again.

  • Practice meditation. Meditation can help alleviate stress and negative feelings. Many people practice meditation for mental health issues. There are many techniques, such as body scan meditation, you can use to help you feel more appreciative of your body.
  • Buy yourself some new shoes. If you aren’t feeling up to showing off your legs yet, don’t stress. Work up to it with some new shoes. A little retail therapy can help!
  • Focus on your legs at the gym. You may have been avoiding leg day while you dealt with your vein issues, but now that you’ve gotten treatment, exercise is just what the doctor ordered. It can help improve circulation and prevent future vein issues.
  • Take the time to moisturize. Varicose veins can cause dry, itchy skin and eczema. Daily moisturizing, especially after bathing, can help keep your skin healthy and soft. It’s also a great way to show your body a little love.
  • Splurge on hair removal. If smooth legs make you happy, why not spend a little money and opt for laser hair removal? You won’t have to worry about shaving, and your legs will feel silky smooth.

Adjusting to your new normal after vein treatment can take time, but once you see how good the results can be, you’ll start to feel a lot better. Follow your doctor’s instructions and enjoy the benefits of vein treatment. A little self-love can help you begin to feel great about your legs, and soon you’ll be ready to show them off.