“I finally have my life back, and am almost completely pain free.”
Varicose veins have long cursed both sides of my family, so it was not a surprise when I started to get them early on in life. I have always lived a healthy and active lifestyle, running being my passion, yet I still wasn’t able to escape severe vein disease. By the time I had my third child, I could barely walk, let alone continue to run. The pain was unbearable. My legs looked awful, and my self-confidence was disappearing. I was a young mom with legs that looked and made me feel as though I was 100. After going to another vein center and having no success, I was referred to IVC for help. Because of their incredible knowledge, non-invasive and most current types of treatment, and dedication to my over-all health, I am back to running better than ever, and I can even wear shorts without being embarrassed! I finally have my life back, and am almost completely pain free. I have such a great appreciation and admiration for all of the staff and doctors at IVC. I have never been treated so personally and kindly by any other office I have ever been to. I would recommend IVC to anyone and everyone suffering from varicose veins! The help is there, and it’s worth it.
Now that winter is winding down, it’s easy to get lost in thoughts of a long-awaiting tropical vacation. Sandy beaches. Toasty temperatures. And maybe a pina colada.
Unfortunately, some of us get an unpleasant introduction to summer when we try on the swimsuit only to discover that a new varicose vein has decided to make an appearance. There it is, bulging for the world to see. There’s no easier way to ruin the mood than to think of everyone seeing those veins while you enjoy the sun in your swimsuit.
The good news is that varicose veins can be treated. And now is a good time to come in and have them looked at before summer. You can also keep them from getting worse with compression stockings. The concept is fairly simple: Strong elastic stockings apply pressure to your leg muscles, easing venous pooling. When your legs are in motion, that mild pumping action — aided by the pressure hosiery — enables blood to flow away from the legs, where clots may form.
Compression hosiery gently squeezes the muscles, even while a person is sitting, as well as when moving about. To reduce the pain, swelling, and discomfort of varicose veins, a doctor may recommend that the patient wear stockings that extend from foot to thigh.
Compression socks may work for some milder cases of varicose veins, but sometimes a more aggressive treatment may be required. The best idea is consult with a doctor. So if you have a vacation coming up during the months ahead, and are worried about unsightly varicose veins, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.