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Are your varicose veins causing you pain or discomfort? At our Calgary clinic, we offer customized varicose vein treatments including sclerotherapy and echosclerotherapy to address all your needs. There are also certain lifestyle changes you can make to manage your symptoms and protect your overall health and well-being. 

Varicose veins are raised, bumpy, or discoloured veins that are visible under the surface of the skin. In some cases, these may be nothing but an aesthetic concern, but for some men and women, varicose veins could lead to undesirable symptoms, such as: 

  • Painful physical symptoms 
  • Heavy or fatigued legs 
  • Burning, throbbing, or muscle cramping in your legs 
  • Skin discolouration around the affected area 
  • Increased pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time 

If left untreated, varicose veins may become major health concerns and can even lead to ulcers or blood clots. If you do suffer from varicose veins, it’s advisable to book an appointment with your vein specialist. He/she can assess your condition and determine the best treatment plan to help you avoid any serious issues down the road. 

Customized Varicose Vein Treatments in Calgary 

At our Calgary vein clinic, we offer several varicose vein treatment options including compression stockings, sclerotherapy, and echosclerotherapy to help minimize any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing and protect your well-being.

During a consultation, we can assess your requirements and condition and create a fully personalized plan to get you back to happy and healthy living. 

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5 Lifestyle Changes to Help You Manage Your Varicose Vein Symptoms 

Varicose veins come about as a result of damage in the vein walls and valves, which makes them weak and prone to leaking. A few factors that can increase your risk of developing this condition include obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, age, pregnancy, smoking, and a family history of varicose veins. 

Fortunately, if you are at risk of developing varicose veins, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to protect your health and/or manage your symptoms. 

This includes: 

  1. Wear compression stockings. These prescription garments are designed to encourage healthy blood flow in your legs and decrease pressure inside your veins. In doing so, they can relieve symptoms such as pain and swelling and can help prevent varicose veins from worsening over time. They are often prescribed as the first course of action when treating abnormal veins and are also worn following sclerotherapy or echosclerotherapy treatment. 

  2. Save the high heels for special occasions. Research has found that wearing high heeled shoes frequently can increase your risk of developing varicose veins. If you already have varicose veins, high heels can worsen your symptoms. Opting for a shoe with good arch support or a stylish flat can keep your legs healthy and relieve any pain or discomfort. 

  3. Exercise regularly. There are certain activities you can do that will help improve blood flow through the leg veins including biking, walking, or swimming. However, if you have had a vein treatment recently, you should temporarily abstain from any exercise. If you do have varicose veins, always consult with your vein specialist before beginning an exercise routine. 

  4. Quit smoking. Smoking restricts circulation and narrows your blood vessels, which leads to poor circulation and a higher risk of developing varicose veins. To protect your well-being and minimize your chances of developing painful abnormal veins, you should strongly consider quitting this habit. 

  5. Avoid sitting or standing for too long. Working in an office environment means that you spend the majority of your day sitting or standing. To prevent the development or worsening of varicose veins, make sure to take frequent breaks and strolls around the office space. This will help promote healthy blood flow. In addition to this, avoid crossing your legs when you sit and spend some time in the evenings with your legs elevated. 

Contact us

If you are suffering from the painful effects of varicose veins, it’s important to seek the help of a vein specialist. To find out more about the costs and benefits of our customized varicose vein treatments, including sclerotherapy, contact our Calgary vein clinic at (403) 253-2555 or fill in our online contact form.


Q. What can happen if varicose veins are left untreated? Many people with varicose veins don’t develop complications. However, it is possible that, if left untreated, varicose veins could lead to a blood clot, infection of the vein, mild swelling of the feet, venous eczema, or ulcers. 

Q. What are my varicose vein treatment options? Your vein specialist will help you determine the best method of treatment. These vary from conservative treatments such as the use of compression stockings to minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy and echosclerotherapy. 

Q. What is sclerotherapy? This treatment involves the injection of a medical solution into the abnormal vein causing it to scar and the blood to reroute to healthier veins. Eventually, the treated abnormal vein is absorbed into local tissue and fades. 

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