As active women, we care about our legs. Not only do we want to keep our mobility, but we want to look great while we’re at it. Shockingly, 7 in 10 women (and 4 in 10 men) will see an appearance of varicose veins by the time they’re 60.

Why they appear can differ for each person: family genes, long hours standing at work, carrying children, and giving birth. Often, varicose and spider veins are pushed into the category of cosmetic concerns. But, the truth is that they represent a health concern for many people. If you have varicose veins, they may be trying to tell you something.

“Many people don’t realize that their concerns about varicose veins are not just cosmetic; they are tied to important health concerns. We identify the medical issue so that not only do we help people improve their appearance, but together take important steps toward better health.”

– R. Donald Doherty, M.D. Medical Director at VIVA

Varicose veins can be linked to restless leg syndrome, a heavy feeling in your legs, and (of course) ongoing pain. They may be the result of what is known as “reflux” in the legs—a condition that occurs when the tiny valves located in our veins aren’t properly forcing blood back toward the heart. The blood stays in the legs creating a condition that can lead to serious problems later in life. Early identification and treatment is important to maintain your health effectively.

When we ignore the symptoms, not only do we live with pain that is totally unnecessary, but we risk future unwanted developments in our health. We’re talking ulcers, sores, and skin problems. The good news is that multiple methods can be used to treat these challenges. And when there are symptoms, medical insurance usually covers treatment.

The process involves meeting with medical staff to identify the symptoms you are experiencing. A painless ultrasound can assist doctors in developing a treatment plan. In consultation with your insurance, treatment can include use of a special laser, medicine, or the physical treatment of the impacted veins.

The result? Great legs—the kind that keep you healthy and active. Many people take time to address these issues during the winter season, so their treatment is complete before it’s time to think about showing those legs in the summer. If you want your legs to be summer ready, then winter months are a great time to schedule a visit.

Brought to you by Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates.

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