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Don’t be afraid to walk barefoot!

41752601 - little feet on the grass, close up photoDo you remember how fun it was to run through the grass in your bare feet as a kid? There’s no feeling as freeing as the deep grass pushing up between your toes. Even better is the feeling of sand beneath your feet at the beach!

Any parent of young children can tell you that kids love the feeling – it’s why they fight so hard against wearing shoes! Shoes are great, but we could all take a lesson from our youth. Walking barefoot can be good for you! Here are a few benefits of barefoot walking you may not know.

  • It’s better for your balance. Your foot is the ultimate shoe. Your feet are designed for your body and how you stand. When you walk barefoot, you can better control how your feet strike the ground, which helps you maintain your balance. Doctors have even found that walking barefoot can improve your body awareness and help with pain relief.
  • It’s better for your body. Walking barefoot helps your body adjust to your natural gait and not how you walk in certain kinds of shoes. This can help improve the mechanics of your hips, knees, and other joints in the legs.
  • It helps strengthen your leg muscles. Those nice, comfy shoes are coddling your feet. Walking barefoot helps strengthen your hamstrings and calves because your legs are doing the work and not your shoes.

We all know that when you suffer from leg pain caused by circulatory issues, any relief can help. We always recommend vein treatment. It’s quick, easy, and gets rid of the pain once and for all. But it can’t hurt to try walking around barefoot a little more as well, even just at home. If you want to let your toes feel the breeze, follow these tips.

  • Start slow. If you wear shoes all the time, it can feel weird to go barefoot suddenly. So start slow, and take off your shoes at home. After a few weeks of adjusting, you’ll start to like how it feels, and your toes will love the freedom!
  • Get a pedicure. If you’re going to be showing off your little piggies, you want to make sure they look good. A pedicure is a great way to treat yourself, make your feet look good, and it’s super relaxing!
  • Have fun. Once you start the barefoot life, you’ll never want to go back. Remember, you’re not saying goodbye to shoes for forever, just in the right settings, like at home, on the beach, or in that nice, tall grass.

Summer is here and this year, let your feet be free once in and while. Remember how it felt as a kid and enjoy walking around barefoot on a beautiful day. If you’re nervous to show off your legs and feet, see us to get your varicose or spider veins removed. It’s quick, easy to recover from, and it will make you love walking barefoot even more!

Boost your self-confidence with vein treatment

Full-length photo of woman in white coat shaving her legs in bathWe all have days where we don’t like what we see in the mirror. Maybe it’s a bad hair day that you can’t fix or bags under your eyes that won’t go away. Who has time for a solid 8 hours of sleep? Days where you feel a little less confident can be draining. It’s hard to motivate yourself to see how truly beautiful you are when you don’t like your reflection.

Feelings like these are especially common if you suffer from vein health issues like varicose and spider veins. You can’t make them disappear with a curling iron and some makeup. The bulging, twisted veins are unsightly, painful, and embarrassing. All you can do to hide them is to wear pants, even on the hottest of days.

This is why treatment for varicose and spider veins is so important. Some argue that it’s merely a cosmetic issue, but it’s not. Vein issues affect your perception of yourself and your self-confidence. If you can’t feel good showing off your legs, you may avoid social situations like pools or beach days. You may miss out on special moments because you feel insecure and anxious about your body and appearance. You may even struggle with intimacy and body image issues. Sometimes, vein health issues contribute to depression and anxiety.

That’s why we believe so strongly in the treatments we offer. They not only help correct and remove a serious medical issue, but they also help our patients feel good about themselves and their bodies. Patients who seek treatment for vein issues feel a renewed confidence in themselves and freedom from the side effects of vein issues. They have the confidence to enjoy their bodies, participate in fun activities, and wear what feels good.

If you want to feel confident going to the beach, buying a cute skirt or shorts, or showing off your legs to your partner, see us. Don’t let your vein issues rob you of your self-worth and happiness. You’re beautiful inside and out. All our treatments do is help you see that in the mirror.

Is it safe to get a massage when you have vein issues?

Physiotherapist giving knee therapy to a womanThere are few things better than a massage. Just imagining the dim lights, the soft music, the warm sheets, and the smell of oil can help reduce your stress. If you’ve ever had a good massage, you know that once it’s over, your whole body feels like Jell-o. Everything tight is loose and free, and all the stress and tension are gone.

You might wonder if massage therapy can help if you have vein problems like varicose or spider veins. There are a few benefits of massage therapy for people with vein issues.

  • It can help reduce pain and stuffiness. Massage therapy can not get rid of vein health issues. Only vein treatment can do that. But some of the accompanying issues like swelling, leg and joint pain can benefit from regular massage therapy.
  • It can help reduce stress. Stress is bad for your vein health. Constant stress puts extra pressure on your veins and can exacerbate vein problems. Regular self-care and activities that reduce stress like massage therapy are a great way to lower your blood pressure and improve your vein health.

Massage therapy can be a powerful tool for helping relieve some of the symptoms of vein problems like varicose and spider veins, but it should not be considered a treatment. In some cases, massage therapy can be dangerous. Here are a few things to watch out for if you are undergoing massage therapy and have vein problems.

  • Stay away from deep tissue massage. Spider veins are very delicate to touch and can burst, or the vein can be further damaged from deep tissue massage techniques. In some severe cases, blood clots can be released back into the bloodstream from deep tissue massage.
  • Make sure you work with a therapist who is trained to work around vein problems. Be wary of any therapist who claims that massage therapy can cure vein issues. It can’t. A trained massage therapist should know to avoid or only lightly touch the area around varicose or spider veins to avoid causing further damage.

If you are considering massage therapy for help with your vein health symptoms, make sure to make an appointment with our doctors first. Massage therapy can be beneficial for your overall health and help with some of the symptoms of vein problems, but it isn’t a cure. The only thing that can do that is treatment from vein specialists, like our doctors.

Call us today to book your consultation, and we’ll see what we can do to provide some relief for your vein issues.

Are vein issues keeping you up at night?

Insomnia 2If there was one thing you could do that would instantly improve your life, what would it be?

Eat healthier? Exercise more? Drink more water? These are great ideas, but the best thing you can do to improve your life is to get more sleep.

Sleep is hard for a lot of us. Here are just a few sleep facts from the American Sleep Association that might surprise you.

  • 50-70% of US adults have a sleep disorder
  • 37.9% of adults have reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day
  • 35.3% of adults surveyed reported less than 7 hours of sleep during a 24 hour period

These are just a few of the sobering facts about sleep. The reality is, most of us are not getting the right kind of sleep or enough of it. The average US adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep. But how many of us actually get that much?

Sleep is important. It helps your body rest, reduces stress, and improves your health. Many of our patients struggle with sleep. A lot of vein health issues that we see can have negative effects on your sleep. Watch for these symptoms:

  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Hot, itchy skin
  • Restless legs
  • Feeling like ants are crawling up your legs
  • Leg cramps

These are just a few of the vein symptoms that can wreak havoc on your sleep. Poor sleep is disruptive to your life and your health. It’s been linked to chronic illness, obesity, depression, and anxiety. So what can you do to improve your sleep? Try a few of these tips.

  • Exercise more
  • Drink more water during the day and not right before bed
  • Get more sunlight
  • Stay off your phone and away from screens a few hours before bed
  • Establish a regular bedtime and routine
  • Reduce your caffeine intake, especially later in the day
  • Stop napping
  • Reduce your alcohol intake

These tips will help you get better and restorative sleep, but they won’t get rid of the vein-related symptoms that may wake you up. The only way to address those issues is to seek vein treatment.

Please make an appointment with our clinic. We’ll start with an ultrasound to find any underlying issues that may be causing your symptoms. Then our doctors will recommend a treatment plan to help get rid of the problem.

Vein-related health problems like varicose or spider veins will only get worse without treatment. Don’t wait until these issues have completely disrupted your life. If they are already affecting your sleep quality, then it’s time to make an appointment.

Do you have questions about endovenous laser treatment?

38595067 - doctor showing varicose veins from an elderly womanEndovenous laser ablation or EVLA is a standard treatment option for varicose vein issues. In recent years it has emerged as one of the top treatment options based on its effectiveness, affordability, and results. Many of our patients have gotten great results using this option.

When considering any medical procedure, it’s natural to be nervous and to have questions. We thought it might be helpful to answer some of the most common questions about EVLA that we get. If you don’t find the answers you need here, book a consultation to talk to our doctors in person.

  • How does EVLA work? Using ultrasound guidance, your doctor will insert a thin laser fiber into the vein. The heat and light from this laser will cause the offending vein to contract, which obliterates the damaged parts of the vein and blockages. The procedure is relatively quick, usually taking an hour or two. This technique requires great skill and experience. Our doctors have been practicing this technique for many years and can provide excellent results for their patients.
  • Does it hurt? We do our best to make sure your experience is pain-free. We offer sedation and local anesthesia to help mitigate the pain. Your vitals are carefully monitored throughout the whole procedure, and supplemental oxygen will be given. After treatment, you may feel sore and achy for a few days or up to two weeks. Over the counter pain relievers are often useful for managing your discomfort.
  • How long does recovery take? Recovery after EVLA is quick. You’ll be up and walking that same day. Walking will be part of your home care instructions. Use ice packs on the injection sites for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. You’ll also be asked to wear compression stockings for a week or two. It may be longer, depending on the severity of your condition. Light activity is the best way to keep your blood flowing, but we recommend you avoid running, jumping, or lifting anything substantial for two weeks. You’ll also have to avoid hot baths and keep your incision sites out of water for at least 48 hours.
  • Is there a chance of complications? Complications from EVLA treatment are rare. Most patients experience minor temporary pain and swelling. You’ll want to get checked out if you spot redness, warmth, or fluid leaking at the incision site. It could be a sign of infection. Also, watch for signs of new swelling or if your swelling continues to get worse.
  • Will it work? EVLA treatment may not be a permanent fix for your varicose veins issues. Some patients do experience recurring problems, but most find that their results last. It’s important to remember that varicose veins are recurring. Research has consistently shown that EVLA is highly effective for the treatment of varicose veins.

Every patient’s needs are unique. That’s why you should always choose the option that is best for you. Our doctors have performed numerous treatments to deliver exceptional results to patients. They will thoroughly explain each option to you and help you pick what works best for your body. If you have questions, please book an appointment to see what our team can do.