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Self-Management of Varicose Veins

September 26, 2019 • sdib • Blog

Wearing compression stockings and exercising can be long-term management techniques to avoid progression of lifelong venous disease. The end of summer is here. Colorful leaves, brisk cool nights, and jack-o-lanterns are on the horizon. However, those pesky varicose veins still remain, putting a damper on upcoming exciting fall activities. Starting the fall season off right with compression stockings and leg exercises can make a difference. Varicose veins are enlarged or twisted veins that are not properly sending blood back up to the heart....

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Obesity and Varicose Veins

July 10, 2019 • sdib • Blog

Exercising more and eating healthier will improve circulation to your legs. While genetics, age, pregnancy, and leg trauma are all risk factors for varicose veins, obesity and lack of exercise are also two top causes. Being overweight can put extra pressure on your veins; standing or sitting for long periods of time causes your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. Obesity can also mask the outward appearance of varicose veins, delaying potential treatment. Doing physical activities, specifically leg exercises, helps push blood toward the heart and tones the muscles. Eating healthy can also help you lose weight, which will ease pressure on the veins....

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Leg Cramps Keeping You Awake?

October 25, 2017 • sdib • Blog

Consider these strategies to prevent nocturnal leg cramps. It’s almost Halloween, and something spooky may be waking you up at night. Is it a ghost? A monster? No, worse … it’s leg cramps! Waking up with a cramp can be extremely painful and shocking. Patients often come to Fitzgibbons Vein Center for help with this issue. Medical reasons for leg cramps can include spinal stenosis, arthritis, arterial disease and venous disease. Treating any of these should help to alleviate your cramps. However some patients still have severe leg cramps for no apparent medical ...

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Cosmetic Sclerotherapy

June 6, 2017 • sdib • Spider Veins

Cosmetic Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins Don’t let unsightly spider veins force you to wear uncomfortable long pants in the heat or prevent you from enjoying the beach. While not dangerous to your health, spider veins can make you uncomfortable and self-conscious. Spider veins are small purple or red veins that develop close to the surface of the skin, typically on the legs, and look like a spider’s web. They can be caused by pregnancy, birth control, occupations that involve a lot of standing, or even just genetics. Cosmetic sclerotherapy is a specialty at Fitzgibbons Vein Center. At FVC the doctor—not a nurse or physician’s assistant—performs all sclerotherapy p...

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Healthy Living Before and After Vein Treatment

November 22, 2016 • sdib • BlogVein Treatment

Staying mobile after vein treatment is essential for preventing complications like deep vein thrombosis. Obesity also exacerbates symptoms. For some patients, it may be necessary to lose weight before undergoing vein treatment. Starting a diet and exercise plan can be complicated, and you should consult your primary physician, but here are a few simple healthy living tips that you may not know about. Plates > Pyramid Did you know that the food pyramid we learned about as kids is no longer the most recommended way to divide up your meals? The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched “MyPlate” to help educate people about the proper portion sizes for healthy eat...

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