The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates that about 25 million Americans have varicose veins. If you’re one of them and your veins cause tingling, itching, or burning, don’t wait to get help. At New York Specialty Clinics, serving patients in Astoria, Queens, SoHo, and Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn, the team of expert physicians provides minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins on-site. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office, or book online today.
Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that are visible to the naked eye. They can develop anywhere on the body, but are especially common in the lower extremities, including the thighs, calves, and feet.
Varicose veins occur due to venous insufficiency. The veins in your legs pump blood back to your heart. However, if your vein valves don’t close completely, blood can flow backward and pool. Over time, this pooling causes your veins to swell and become varicose.
Generally, varicose veins are only a cosmetic problem. In some cases, though, they can point to a more serious health problem like deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Common symptoms of varicose veins include:
You might also notice that your varicose veins cause pain following long periods of sitting or standing.
Varicose veins are a common problem in both men and women, but several factors may increase your risk. For example, you’re more likely to experience varicose veins as you age. This is because getting older causes wear-and-tear on your vein valves.
Other factors that increase your risk of varicose veins include pregnancy, being overweight, and having a family history of varicose veins.
To diagnose varicose veins, New York Specialty Clinics reviews your medical history and conducts a physical exam. Your provider examines your legs, looking for visible veins, skin discoloration, and swelling.
Your provider may order a diagnostic ultrasound. An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to provide images of your veins and vein valves and detects blood clots or other abnormalities.
Treatment for varicose veins depends on your symptoms and their effect on your mobility and quality of life. If you have a mild case, you might benefit from healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, or wearing compression stockings.
If your varicose veins cause pain and itching, or they put you at risk of deep vein thrombosis, New York Specialty Clinics might recommend a minimally invasive outpatient procedure like:
These treatments safely treat your varicose veins, allowing blood to reroute to healthier pathways throughout your body.
Don’t wait to seek treatment for varicose veins; schedule an appointment at New York Specialty Clinics by calling the nearest office, or booking online today.
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