Conservative treatment for venous issues in the legs is the first treatment that is usually prescribed before surgical or non-surgical treatments are considered. You can have the beginnings of varicose veins without seeing a swollen vein. You may experience itching, burning and heaviness in your calves and ankles and your skin may become slightly discolored. In many cases, conservative treatment is all that is required to keep venous issues from becoming worse.
It is not recommended to diagnose venous issues yourself. During a consultation with our specialist at the South Texas Vein Institute, your venous issues may be diagnosed and the proper treatment suggested. Conservative treatment may be your best option, but it is better to know from an expert than to decide that for yourself.
Several conservative treatments may be required. Some of the conservative management techniques that may be prescribed by our specialist are:
• Compression stockings and devices
• Anti-inflammatory medication
• Elevation of the legs at regular intervals throughout the day
Graduated compression stockings are considered the most important conservative treatment for venous issues. For years, they have proven to be effective for both preventative care as well as long-term therapy. They are not intended to cure venous disease, but they can help prevent it from becoming worse and stop blood from pooling in the leg veins. They usually have stronger pressure at the ankles and less at the thighs.
Along with compression hose, anti-inflammatory medication can treat pain and inflammation in the legs. During these two treatments, it is recommended to lie down several times every day with your legs elevated for a few minutes. This will assist with blood flow to the heart. Maintaining a healthy weight; avoiding sitting and standing for long periods; and walking or exercising regularly also help.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for removing small to medium-sized varicose veins. It utilizes an injection of a solution into the varicose vein that damages the vein walls and causes the vein to collapse. The blood naturally flows through another vein and the collapsed vein is gradually absorbed by the body. Our specialist may also use lasers and/or radiofrequency energy to close the vein.
You may begin seeing symptoms for venous issues before you see the swollen, twisted veins appear beneath the skin. It is recommended to get professional help at the first sign that your veins may be having trouble moving the blood against gravity. Some of the early symptoms are:
• Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
• Itching calves for no apparent reason
• Brown patches of skin around the feet and ankles
• Pain in the legs that is worse when you walk and stops when you rest
• Ulcers on the lower legs that take a long time to heal
Venous issues can be unsightly and painful, but they respond well to the proper treatment. The earlier that you get treatment, including conservative treatment, the less chance your issues will become serious. Located in Edinburg, the South Texas Vein Institute is here for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about conservative treatment for venous issues.