Aging is inevitable and unfortunately, it’s also a common cause of varicose veins… in fact, varicose veins affect many as one out of every two people over the age of 50.
As we age, all the blood vessels in the body tend to become less flexible and less elastic. This means that your veins could expand, but not necessarily return to their natural shape. This expansion can cause the veins to become damaged or not close properly, which then results in abnormal backward flow through the open valves.
This is more commonly known as venous reflux, which causes blood to collect, leaving veins expanded and resulting into those unwanted varicose and spider veins. If untreated, these varicose and spider veins can lead to swelling, leg ulcers and changes in the skin surrounding the lower leg and ankle.
Luckily there are minimally invasive treatments available to help treat and prevent problematic varicose veins.
Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic can provide a consolation to determine the best treatment for you.
Visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call 329-3100.
Q: Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?
A: “The force of gravity, the pressure of body weight, and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart make legs the primary location for varicose and spider veins. Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. They endure the most pressure. This pressure can be stronger than the veins’ one-way valves”- Dr. Merchant
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For most women, the fashionable trend of wearing heels is unavoidable. However, it’s important to know that these fashion choices can pose some serious problems for one’s veins.
Venous blood flow is key for overall vein health, and the majority of venous blood flow is activated by walking, which activates the foot and calf pump to propel blood up the leg veins When wearing high heels, the natural walking motion is changed and the weight is now shifted to the fore foot, causing the calf muscles to remain contracted. This results in a decrease in the filling of the foot and calf veins, causing the vein to be less efficient. This deficiency causes a pooling of venous blood in the leg… resulting in spider and varicose veins.
If you must wear heels, here’s some tips from the Reno Vein Clinic:
Save heels for specials occasions.
Limit heel height if possible.
Activate your legs when standing in heels, try calf raises and heel pumps.
Consider wearing compressions stockings with heels.
Bring flat shoes with you to change into when needed…decreasing the actual time you are wearing heels.
Is it a varicose vein or a spider vein? We get these questions often, as sometimes both of the conditions get confused for one another.
Here’s a simple way to tell:
Spider veins are generally tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface that become dilated; because they’re so close to the surface of the skin, they can be seen easily. Clusters of spider veins may appear to be a bruise. Spider veins can form due to heredity, injury, pregnancy, or hormonal changes. These veins are not usually harmful, but in rare cases they can bleed and lead to more serious conditions.
Varicose veins are more painful and more noticeable. If varicose veins are close enough to the surface of the skin, they appear ropey, gnarled, and reddish or purple. Varicose veins can lead to more serious issues such as blood clots, and can signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems.
Luckily, with either of these conditions, there are ways to diminish and eliminate problematic veins. Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced, minimally invasive vein procedures. If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, contact Dr. Robert Merchant or Dr. John Daake to determine the best treatment for you! (775) 239-3100 www.renoveinclinic.com