South Florida is known for its year-long balmy temperatures. Because of the heat, shorts, skirts and dresses are fashion staples – a way for men and women to show off their sexy legs.
But some folks will keep their legs hidden because of embarrassing varicose veins or spider veins. 40 million Americans in all are affected.
Varicose veins are blue, twisted and thick veins that typically develop on the calves or lower legs. Not only are these veins unattractive but they can hurt. Symptoms of varicose veins include aching, debilitating pain, swelling and rashes.
When valves in the legs' superficial veins stop closing, gravity pulls blood back down and pools inside the veins. This is called venous insufficiency.
Varicose veins affect both men and women over 50. But below the age of 50, more women have them.
Varicose Veins Causes
The most common reasons for varicose veins are:
Spider Veins Causes
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
There are steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing both spider and varicose veins. These are things that can also help to ease the discomfort from the ones you already have:
Some spider veins and varicose veins cannot be prevented. When you get them, exercising, elevating the legs and wearing support stockings can help to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. But when these and the other suggestions above do not work, surgery may bring relief.
At South Florida Vascular Associates, we treat vascular problems in minimally invasive ways. Our team of interventional radiologists offers the most advanced procedures in our state-of-the-Art endovascular suites.
If you have varicose or spider veins and want to know your treatment options, call South Florida Vascular Associates today at 954-573-2929.