Dr. Magnant strongly encourages his patients to initiate compression therapy as soon as the clinical diagnosis of significant venous insufficiency is either strongly suspected or confirmed. There are a number of exceptions to the conservative trial rule. These exceptions include active ulceration or recurrent bleeding, in which cases treatment should be performed earlier.
Compression therapy through the use of compression stockings is a conservative vein treatment option and is available at Vein Specialist in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs locations. Unlike other treatments used for varicose veins, compression therapy is not a procedure. Rather, it simply entails wearing medical-grade compression stockings to relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency.
Some signs & symptoms of vein disease that could benefit from compression therapy include:
- Spider & Variose Veins
- Swollen Achy Legs
- Skin Discoloration
- “Piano Legs” or “Cankles” (disproportionately thick calves or ankles)
- Thickening of the Skin Around the Ankles
- Night Time Leg Cramps
- Restless Legs
- Night Time Urination
Although compression stockings can be bought in a variety of places, the best way to take advantage of this conservative vein treatment option is to visit the experienced providers at Vein Specialists in Fort Meyers and Bonita Springs. Compression stockings should be specifically measured to your legs and should not be given to anyone else to use.
Compression stockings are available in a variety of lengths including knee-high, thigh-high, and panty-high. Vein Specialists in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs also offer compression therapy stockings in many different colors. Compression stocking therapy allows you to treat your leg vein issues continually throughout the day and will give your legs the temporary relief you are searching for.
When considering leg vein therapy options, insurance companies often require a conservative vein treatment trial such as compression therapy before considering more definitive vein treatments such as endovenous albaltion or VenaSeal™ vein treatments.
If you are overwhelmed with treatment options for your painful leg vein concerns, compression therapy is an excellent place to start; it is a conservative, non-invasive option that will only benefit your health. The vein professionals at Vein Specialists locations in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs are ready to meet with you to discuss your concerns, treatment options, and measure you for your very own pair of compression stockings.
Patients often ask if there is anything they can do to prevent varicose veins, the most commonly recognized sign of venous insufficiency. While there are no known measures that can prevent venous disease, it is worthwhile to review a few facts regarding Venous Disease. Risk factors for developing venous insufficiency include genetics, sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, pregnancy, female gender and advanced age. Although, there are no definitive ways to prevent venous insufficiency, there are things you can do to reduce your signs and symptoms and slow the progression if you already have an established diagnosis of venous Insufficiency.
Leg veins contain valves that open and close in one direction in order to assist in the return of blood back to the heart. Venous insufficiency exists when these valves become damaged and leak causing pressure to build up in the leg veins. This increased venous pressure is the primary issue and leads to a variety of signs & symptoms of venous insufficiency such as swollen & achy legs, itchy & restless legs, varicose & spider veins, leg skin discoloration and venous ulcers.
Routine exercise on a regular basis not only improves one’s overall health, but it helps to improve circulation by keeping blood pumping back up to the heart. If you have questions regarding which exercises are safe for you to perform, please check with your primary healthcare provider. Here are a few activities to consider adding to your routine to improve your venous circulation.
Walking can offer numerous health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. Walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you burn calories, strengthen the heart, improve muscle tone and may even improves one’s emotional disposition.
SWIMMING & POOL EXERCISES
Swimming is considered a low-impact exercise and is excellent for cardiovascular conditioning. Walking in a pool reduces the effect of gravity on the lower legs which leads to decreased venous pressure and swelling. It improves circulation as the pressure of the water at the bottom of the pool counteracts the increased venous pressure within the legs due to venous insufficiency and assists in returning fluid in the skin & fat back through the lymphatic channels.
Bicycling is another exercise that greatly improves lower extremity venous blood flow by activating the calf muscles. Bicycling is equally effective whether on a on a traditional bike or a stationary bicycle.
Leg lifts are a simple exercise that do not require any equipment. This exercise involves lifting one leg at a time and holding it up briefly. This can be done by lying flat on your back or even standing. You can hold onto the wall or a chair to add extra stability if standing. Leg lifts help to stretch your muscles, improve circulation, increase flexibility, and improve venous return from the legs to the pelvis.
Calf raises can be performed while standing and are performed by alternating between putting weight on the balls of your feet and then slowly lowering the heel. By performing this exercise, you are pumping the calf muscles, which assists in venous return from the calves. This is a great exercise to perform when seated in a car or on a plane.
Another activity that can be beneficial is elevation of the legs above the level of the heart or collar bone which aids in gravity-based blood & lymphatic return. Doing so assists in the venous return as well as the lymphatic drainage of fluid (edema) which develops over the course of the day when we are standing or sitting. In summary, these are just a few easy exercises you can perform to improve the venous return from your legs. As always, please consult your physician before any new activities are initiated.
Vein Specialists’ state-of-the-art facility is designed to ensure the highest quality of care and best clinical experience possible for patients. Dr. Magnant has embraced three key concepts to build a successful practice: ability, affability, and availability.
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- We are the only IAC Accredited Vein Centers in Southwest Florida.
- Dr. Joseph Magnant is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon.
- We have IAC Accredited Vascular Labs with full-time Registered Vascular Sonographers.
- We are a Medtronic Center of Excellence for physician training.
- We offer the latest technology in vein treatments including: ClosureFAST, LASER, VenaSeal, Varithena, Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS), and Iliac Vein Stenting.