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Varicose Veins: Why They Occur, and How to Prevent or Treat Them

People who seek varicose veins treatment in Brooklyn, NY are among the largest group of people we see at our practice.

Gnarled and visible just under the skin, varicose veins occur in around half of people 50 and older in the United States. Mainly, they appear in the legs. About 55% of people with the condition are women; about 45% are men.

The condition can be an aesthetic issue, or it can be uncomfortable—even painful. Some varicose veins become associated with skin sores or blood clots.

But there’s good news. Whatever the impact of varicose veins on your body, Maimonides Vein Center’s varicose veins treatment in Brooklyn, NY can alleviate it.

How Do These Veins Develop? Are They Reversible?

Veins need to stay strong to carry blood in the direction of the heart. When they fail in that mission, blood backs up and the veins swell, resulting in varicose veins. Sometimes, pregnancy can be a factor in their development. Leg injuries can also lead to varicose veins.

People carrying extra weight are particularly likely to have varicose veins, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Varicose veins are not reversible, but they can be treated. Changes in physical habits and activity can help significantly. And so can medical attention.

What Lifestyle Changes Help?

The NIH notes that people can prevent or delay additional varicose veins from appearing, and prevent worsening of any that have already appeared, by taking the following measures:

  • Don’t stay in one position for too long. Walk. Sit and stand up. Take breaks. Avoid sitting cross-legged.
  • Put your feet up when you sit. In bed, use pillows to keep your feet higher than your heart level, to encourage blood to flow in the proper direction: always to the heart.
  • Exercise! Walk, swim, dance. Engage in movement. Keep your legs moving and keep your muscles working. The better your muscle tone, the smoother your blood flow. Note that low-heeled shoes are best for toning your legs as you walk.
  • Try to shed extra pounds, so you can help your blood move easily and alleviate extra pressure on the veins.
  • Avoid clothes that feel tight at the waist or around the legs.

What If Lifestyle Changes Aren’t Enough?

See your primary care doctor for medical advice. To start, your doctor might recommend compression socks. Consistent pressure on the calves can help keep blood moving properly through your veins.

If your doctor recommends medical procedures, a range of options is available for varicose veins treatment in Brooklyn, NY. Generally, treatment is simple, and recovery is quick. Call Maimonides Vein Center at 718-283-7957, or request your appointment online.