Vein valves play a critical role in helping blood flow through the veins to the heart. Like swinging doors, valves float open to allow blood to flow toward the heart and flap together again to prevent the flow of blood back down the extremities. If the vein becomes dilated, the flap-like valves cannot quite close, making them incapable of preventing the back flow of blood down the leg. As a result, if the body is in a standing position, the blood may run downward and accumulate in the vessels of the lower leg, causing symptoms of pain, swelling, itching, burning, discoloration of the leg and leg ulcers.
Signs and Symptoms – Unchecked, the venous hypertension that results from failed valves can cause the following: deterioration of the skin, ulceration, edema, bleeding varicosities, night cramps, “secondary” restless legs, painful and ‘tired’ legs, spider and larger reticular veins, and varicose veins with increased risk of phlebitis and deep vein clots.
Deterioration – It is important to stop further injury and to repair the damage this vein hypertension has caused. With modern technology, venous hypertension is very easy to treat in the office. Vein treatments are painless, safe, and effective. require no ‘down’ time and are paid for by insurances and Medicare.
Early detection is important – Early diagnosis and treatment is very important. Vein problems usually begin gradually with small spider veins, little bumpy veins, and slight aching pains. With varicose veins left untreated these little problems can grow into dermatitis which causes discoloration of the skin. Today you can treat varicose veins easily with a couple of laser procedures which are almost painless. Waiting for your varicose veins to just go away is not an option you should take action today.
EIGHT WARNING SIGNS OF VEIN DISEASE
- Tired heavy-feeling legs
- Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing
- Swollen ankles at night
- Varicose or spider veins, especially during or after pregnancy
- Tingling, numbness, burning, or cramping in legs and feet
- Discoloration of the skin, (brown skin)
- Open sores or ulcers on the lower leg
- History of vein problems in the family
STEPS TO BETTER LEG HEALTH TO KEEP THE BLOOD FLOWING AFTER SURGERY
- While sitting on a chair and breathing relaxed, keeping both feet together, slowly point your toes on the floor, raising your heals and then let them down. Repeat this up to 20 times a day.
- Standing up support yourself on a table or chair. Stand up on tiptoes, then lower yourself down again. Repeat this up to 20 times a day.
- With one foot in front of the other, support yourself against a wall with your hands at shoulder height. Stand on tiptoes and then lower yourself down again. Repeat this up to 20 times a day.
- Stand with your feet apart and your arms by your side. As you breath out, slowly raise your arms above your head and stand on your tiptoes. Slowly breath in and lower yourself to the standing position. Repeat this up to 20 times a day.