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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!

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.

Do you have leg pain?

Old man knee painMost people don’t like leg day at the gym. Why? Because your legs have some of the largest muscle groups in the body, and when they are sore it’s not fun. If you overdo a workout, it can take a couple of days for that pain to subside.

But did you know that leg pain can also be a sign of vein issues? Let’s talk through the types of muscles in your legs, then we’ll delve into the symptoms that accompany conditions associated with veins.

Three main muscle groups in your legs stretch down from your hips and gluteus maximus.

  • Quadriceps are a group of four different muscles and are some of the strongest and leanest muscles in the body. They stretch from the front of your hips to your knee.
  • Hamstrings are a group of three muscles found at the back of the thigh stretching from the hip to the knee.
  • Calf muscles stretch from your knees to your ankles. They are quite flexible to enable walking and standing.

Your circulatory system provides the blood with the oxygen these major muscle groups need to function so you can stand, walk and be active. The blood is pumped from the heart down to the feet and back up again to the heart to be reoxygenated. It’s a long way for the blood to travel, and vein issues can develop on the journey. Injuries or other conditions that affect the circulatory system in these major muscle groups can cause problems as well.

As you age, leg pain can become more common. Your weight, lifestyle and other factors can cause issues that may affect these large muscle groups and your circulation. If you are experiencing pain, see your family doctor. If your doctor rules out an injury or condition, book a free consultation with our team.

Vein issues, like varicose and spider veins, can cause significant pain and discomfort before the problem is visually discernible. Our doctors will perform a thorough examination, including an ultrasound of the tissue to look for underlying issues. They will also ask you about other symptoms you may be experiencing, including:

  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Feelings of heaviness in your legs, especially at the end of the day
  • Swollen ankles
  • Aches and pains that get worse throughout the day, and the longer you stand
  • Restless legs at night
  • Leg cramps

All of these discomforts could be signs of lower extremity venous insufficiency, the condition that can cause varicose or spider veins. Vein wall issues can cause inadequate blood flow leading to poor circulation and blockages.

If you think vein issues are causing your pain, give us a call. A consultation is free, and most treatment options are relatively simple. You shouldn’t feel like every day is leg day at the gym. The major muscle groups in your legs need the blood and oxygen delivered by your veins. When blockages or issues occur, we can help. Call us today.