Varicose & Spider Veins
What are Spider and Varicose Veins ?
What are the typical symptoms of varicose veins?
Typical symptoms are sensations of leg heaviness, burning, aching, muscle cramps, restlessness and night discomfort.
Varicose veins are a progressive condition, which can lead to such complications as phlebitis, hemorrhage, bruising, eczema, or skin ulcers.
Varicose veins affect one of every fifteen men and one of every five women.
Causes of Varicose Veins
90% are inherited and 10% are acquired by injury or phlebitis. Contributing conditions are pregnancy, trauma, obesity, aging, excessive heat (including sunburn), prolonged standing, constricting garments (girdles), and disorders of the lower limbs and feet.
Factors in Prevention of Varicose Veins
- Walking briskly.
- Elevate legs higher than your heart for 15 minutes.
- When sitting or standing, move your feet up and down in a pumping motion.
- Avoid obesity by eating healthy foods and exercising.
- Wear support hose. Support hose (or compression stockings) exert pressure from the outside to assist your muscles in pumping the blood out of your legs back to your heart.
Your First Visit
1. Your first visit to the office is covered by Alberta Health Care (AHC). A Registered Nurse or Medical Assistant will record your medical history. Your chief complaints and/or concerns will be addressed.
2. The physician will then review your medical history and assess your legs to determine the right course of action for you and your legs.
3. Some people are excellent candidates for sclerotherapy, in which the procedure, costs and treatments will be discussed. However, other people may require a duplex ultrasound to further investigate their varicose veins. The ultrasound is performed in the office and is covered by AHC. Following the ultrasound the Interventional Radiologist will review the findings and form a definitive treatment plan.