5 Ways to Effectively Manage Varicose Veins
As one of the top vascular doctors in Orlando, one thing that people look to John D. Horowitz, MD, FACS, for is ways to effectively manage varicose veins. Dr. Horowitz, founder and head of Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, says that venous insufficiency, or varicose vein disease, is an often misunderstood medical condition that can cause many patients to be misdiagnosed, mistreated, or even ignored. Sadly, this can result in needless suffering and, perhaps even more importantly, serious complications due to progressively worsening symptoms.
The worst part is that, unfortunately, and for whatever reason, patients usually wait until the disease reaches a debilitating stage that includes lifestyle-limiting pain, unsightly bulging veins and spider veins, considerable leg swelling, and serious skin ulcerations.
With all that in mind, take note of the following five ways you can effectively manage varicose veins:
- Exercise! A sedentary lifestyle can lead to poor venous flow, which can contribute to the formation of varicose veins. Dr. Horowitz recommends exercising, at least, three times a week in order to increase your circulation and maintain an appropriate weight. And if you have a desk job, be sure to stand up at least once an hour, and take a five-minute walk.
- Elevate your legs. Make a point each evening to spend ten minutes on your back with your legs lifted up at a 90-degree angle. Doing this won’t be terribly difficult, but it will help improve circulation and be worth making the commitment to.
- Standing a lot? Take breaks! If you have to stand for long periods, such as teachers, restaurant employees, pharmacists, etc., be sure to wear supportive shoes, sit whenever you can, and propping your feet up, if possible. And it’s best to avoid tight clothing and high heels.
- Consider Minimally Invasive Vein Therapy: This may include EVLT or foam sclerotherapy to dry up the veins that cause high pressure in the venous system. In this treatment procedure, a vein specialist injects a sclerosing agent into the veins, which causes them to scar and become less noticeable. Sclerosing options include a concentrated saline solution, foam, or some other agent. There’s virtually no pain and no downtime with sclerotherapy, so you can get right back into your normal routine.
- Consider laser treatments. These types of endovascular laser ablation treatments include the endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Another innovative treatment option, laser therapy, is a precise and minimally invasive option that uses an ultrasound to locate the exact areas to be treated. The laser then conducts heat to the varicose vein, causing it to harmlessly collapse and be absorbed into the body. This treatment is done under local anesthesia and patients typically are able to walk immediately afterward and usually go back to work the next day.
There is no shortage of vascular doctors in Orlando, so your best course of action in effectively managing varicose veins is to be under the care of the best. Contact Dr. Horowitz at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center today at 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to talk about the treatment and care options that are best suited for you.