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Go take a hike! It’s good for your veins

compassLooking for a great way to boost your health and well-being? Go take a hike! Regular physical activity not only can help you live a healthier life, it also can help reduce your chances of developing varicose veins. Hiking is a great exercise choice because you’ll reap the benefits of both physical activity and of getting outdoors and in nature. It’s a powerful combination.

On a beautiful day, it doesn’t get much better than being surrounded by nature. The sunshine, the blue sky, the clouds, birds, trees and green plants — it’s all relaxing and inspiring. In fact, being in nature can help your mind get a reprieve from the stress of day-to-day life. A growing body of research points to a wide variety of health and wellness benefits from getting outdoors in nature. Yale researchers, for example, found that exposure to the natural world has positive and profound effects on health and healing and can help people better manage stress and have a more positive outlook. And the best part? Studies show that all you need is as little as two hours of week outdoors to enjoy these benefits.

One perk specific to hiking: It can help you become more physically balanced. If you choose to hike on dirt paths or uneven terrain, it will push different muscle groups to work. This can help you become more stable on your feet. Developing a better sense of balance can lower your risk of falling. Hiking is also a good core workout. In addition, rocky terrain can help you avoid making simple repetitive motions that can lead to injuries from overused muscles in a gym setting.

Keep in mind, if you’re new to hiking, you should take it easy. Don’t just jump in and take a 10-mile hike. Take your time and try shorter, easier hikes to start. As you build up your muscles over time, you’ll be able to handle more intensive trails. And, if you’re concerned about your stability, use trekking poles that can help you stay upright on the path and avoid potential spills.

Are you ready to get outside and explore? Use hiking as an opportunity to get together with friends or catch up with family if you’d like it to be a social outing. If not, take to the trail by yourself and enjoy the scenery and peace of mind (just make sure to tell someone where you’re going and bring a phone in case of emergencies).

Have you tried compression wear?

Man lifting up a burbell in the gymCompression leggings or compression wear used to conjure up images of your grandma’s tight knee-high socks. That’s not the case anymore. Compression wear is becoming more popular every day for more than just treating vein issues and swelling. Athletes have embraced compression wear to help improve blood circulation while working out. It’s not uncommon to see professional athletes wearing tights and long sleeve compression shirts on the court or in the gym.

How does compression wear work? Compression wear is tight, elasticized clothing that applies pressure to the body when worn. There are different varieties of tightness that athletes can choose to use to apply more pressure and to get a better fit. These garments provide slight pressure, which helps the blood to circulate better, supports your muscles as you move and reduces muscle vibrations. Improved blood circulation helps athletes to perform better and prevents injury. It may also help prevent soreness after your workout, and the increased blood flow may help your body pump out waste faster.

Compression wear is a natural progression from compression stockings which have been used for years to help treat lower leg vein issues. These stockings are often very tight to help treat venous disease. Lower venous disease occurs when the veins are not circulating the blood properly, which causes backflow or clotting issues like varicose or spider veins. Symptoms of these problems include feelings of heaviness, aching, pain and discomfort. Compression stockings support the muscles and veins so that your blood flows better and helps reduce swelling.

Compression wear won’t solve all of your circulation or vein issues. If you are continuing to suffer from aches, pains, and feelings of heaviness, or you’ve noticed discolored, bulging veins, come in for a consultation. Our doctors will perform an ultrasound exam to determine if there is vein reflux occurring, which may be causing your issues. We can then recommend treatments for the underlying problem. Untreated vein issues will only get worse, and compression stockings or clothing are only a temporary fix.

If you’re trying to boost your athletic performance, give compression wear a try. It’s especially helpful for distance runners. Talk to a physical trainer or physiotherapist about how compression wear could benefit your athletic endeavors. If you think you are experiencing vein issues, talk to a vein specialist (like us). Compression stockings and leggings are medically designed for treating vein issues. We will recommend a proper treatment schedule for wearing these garments to benefit your vein health.

Get checked for vein issues before you notice a problem

Doctor In Surgery With Male Patient Using Digital TabletWe see many different patients, and everyone has a unique story of what brings them into our clinic. Over the years, a pattern has started to emerge. Many of our patients complain of the same discomforts but often don’t know what is causing the issue.

It can be hard to recognize the symptoms of lower extremity venous insufficiency. Let us show you how many of our patient interactions tend to go. Imagine a man named Jack, who works as a local butcher. He’s on his feet every day, working hard to support his family and serve in his community. When he gets home, his legs are tired and ache. He often spends a couple of hours with his feet propped up because of the swelling and heaviness in his legs and ankles.

To make matters worse, Jack suffers from painful nighttime leg cramps, often waking up a couple of times a night because of the pain. He tries pain relievers, massaging his legs, and drinking lots of water. Nothing seems to work. Finally, a friend recommends our clinic, and Jack decides to get some answers.

It’s easy for Jack to make an appointment for a consultation, and he doesn’t even have to close his shop for long because we keep wait times low. When he meets with one of our doctors, he shares his symptoms and how they are affecting his life. An examination takes place, including an ultrasound. Based on these results, Jack learns he has varicose vein issues, which are the cause of all his pain and discomfort.

Jack’s story may be fictional, but his experience isn’t. Many of our patients come in for a consultation before they even notice bulging varicose veins or a spider vein cluster. They just know that something is wrong, and they’ve tried everything else to relieve their pain. In a few treatments, we are often able to remove the problem, which would have only gotten worse without treatment. Recovery is quick, and many of our patients see excellent results very soon.

Don’t keep waiting for your discomfort to disappear. Vein issues can be painful and annoying to your everyday life before you ever even see a problem. If you are suffering from similar symptoms, book a consultation today.

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!