Healthy Veins for Winter

Varicose vein and spider vein treatments tend to be more prominent in the winter months. Winter tends to be a better time of year for those who experience problems with venous disease as the heat of summer typically causes the veins to dilate and stretch. This will generally increase the symptoms associated with varicose and/or spider veins.

Compression Therapy

In the winter months, vein patients are much more likely to wear compression stockings or socks, having them act as another layer of insulation. Compression stockings will not completely cure vein issues, but they are able to improve the symptoms and keep the issue from getting worse.

The concept of compression therapy is based on a simple and efficient mechanical principle consisting of applying an elastic garment around the leg. By compressing the limb with graduated compression (strongest at the ankle and decreasing going up the leg), the compression stocking acts as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.

There are two common types of compression therapy:

Regular Activity

Many people prefer to stay inside during the colder months. A lifestyle with less activity and more sitting around could increase the symptoms associated with the varicose or spider veins. Excessive sitting increases the pressure in the legs and can cause the blood in unhealthy veins to pool more quickly. Keep the legs active as much as possible during the winter months by:

Each patient’s condition is unique. For this reason, we offer an initial complimentary* vein screening to evaluate each patients condition so that we can recommend the appropriate treatment protocol. The following is reviewed in the initial complimentary* vein screening:

*Additional diagnostic ultrasound testing may be required, which will be billed to the insurance carrier.

Call our office or visit our website to learn more and schedule a free screening today!

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