Do you have restless leg syndrome?

42928555_MAre you up at night with restless legs? Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that affects 10 percent of the U.S. population. It causes several uncomfortable symptoms in the legs at night, including:

  • Feelings of itchiness, crawling, pulling, or aching
  • The uncontrollable need to move your legs
  • Tingling and sleep disruptions

These conditions can severely affect a person’s sleep. It can be linked to chronic diseases such as iron deficiency, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and others. Medications, pregnancy, and lifestyle choices can cause this condition, and there are genetic factors as well.

Varicose and spider veins also might contribute to RLS. Many of the symptoms of RLS are similar to underlying vein issues, so the two conditions are often confused because many people struggle with vein issues before visible varicose vein bulges or spider vein bundles appear.

Restless Leg Syndrome can be very disruptive to your life. It can severely affect your sleep and overall health, depending on the severity of your condition. It can also disrupt your partner’s rest. Treatments for restless leg syndrome include:

  • Prescription medication
  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • Reducing your alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Improving your sleep habits
  • Exercising
  • Foot wraps or compression stockings

Vein treatments may also help. A recent study reported by The Sleep Foundation found that 98 percent of RLS patients who received non-surgical sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins also found relief for their RLS symptoms. This study shows the promising link between vein treatments and assistance from RLS symptoms.

At our clinic, we offer a variety of treatments for varicose and spider veins, including sclerotherapy. If you are unfamiliar with this treatment, let us tell you a little about it. Sclerotherapy involves a series of injections of a salt solution into the affected veins. The injections cause an inflammatory reaction, so your veins may look worse for a few days, but then the solution will begin to dissolve and your veins will heal. After a few sessions, the problematic veins will disappear. It may take a few months of treatments, usually spaced a month apart. If you think this treatment may help your spider or varicose veins, call us today. It may even help your RLS, too!

RLS is a serious condition that can affect your daily life, just like vein issues. We want to make sure that our patients are living their best lives, and our treatments may help. Book a consultation today and start feeling your best.

5 ways to protect your vein health while social distancing

Sport concept.Social distancing is a part of life right now, and it’s hard for everyone. We applaud all the healthcare and essential workers who are doing their best to help keep everyone safe right now. While we are all doing our part to flatten the curve, we may be dealing with some uncomfortable realities right now. One aspect that may be hard for our patients is the inability to seek treatment for vein issues right now because of travel restrictions or isolation recommendations. We want our patients to know that we are here for you and will do our best to make sure that you get the treatment you need.

If you are unable to seek treatment right now, there are some ways you can mitigate the discomfort and pain of lower extremity venous issues. Here are our five suggestions for how you can take care of your veins while social distancing.

  1. Wear compression stockings. Compression stockings are your first line of defense while you are awaiting vein treatment. They will help to improve your circulation, reduce pain and discomfort, and help prevent future blockages.
  2. Stretch daily. Stretching is a great way to increase your blood flow and circulation. A simple daily routine will help to keep blood flowing properly. You could even try a yoga or Pilates routine that incorporates gentle stretches to build up your strength at the same time!
  3. Go for a walk. There’s not much else we can do in public, so why not go for a walk? Walking and running are great ways to exercise your legs. Make sure to follow social distancing guidelines and regulations to stay safe.
  4. Eat healthy. It’s easy during this time of quarantine to slip into some bad eating habits, and that’s okay. Just make sure to add some healthy alternatives in as well, especially plant-based options.
  5. Relax. Everyone is feeling more stressed these days, and that can affect your health, especially your circulation. Take time to practice self-care, relax, and go easy on yourself. These are unprecedented times, and it’s hard for everyone. Give yourself a break if you need it.

We are still open and hope that soon, all of our patients will be able to make appointments whenever it is convenient. If you are unable to seek treatment for your vein issues right now, do what you can to keep yourself and your veins healthy. We will be here when you can come in for a consultation!