Why Are My Legs So Tired, Is It Varicose Veins?
Why Are My Legs So Tired, Is It Varicose Veins?

Why Are My Legs So Tired, Is It Varicose Veins?

Do your legs tire easily? Do they ache? Is it varicose veins? What is it?

Do you feel leg pain when sitting or standing for long periods?

I see this condition all the time at the Utah Vein Treatment Center.

Varicose veins (sometimes misspelled "vericose veins" can cause bothersome symptoms and minor blood clots, and they can change the appearance of the legs.

Nearly 80 million Americans suffer from benign vascular lesions - those crooked purple and blue lines that appear on the surface of the skin called varicose veins.

Almost 50 percent of women between 40 and 50 years of age, and nearly 75 percent of women between 60 and 70 years of age have these surface leg veins. Varicose veins are less common in men.

Still, approximately 25 percent of men 30 to 40 years of age do suffer from the effects of varicose veins, tired, achy legs.

Varicose veins are swollen, stretched, or twisted veins located just under the skin (superficial veins). Varicose veins usually develop in the legs and are often visible.

Varicose veins frequently develop after age 40 and worsen as people age. Varicose veins are very common. They affect more women than men.

Individual varicose veins can be treated. However, unless the cause is a curable disorder, no treatment can cure all of a persons varicose veins.

They usually do not cause serious problems.

Leg veins face a huge job! They have to return blood to the heart in the opposite direction of gravity, which works to keep blood from moving upward.

They couldnt complete their task if they didnt have valves. As blood moves upward in the vein, its valves close so that it cant fall back down.

With varicose veins there is a valve problem. The valves no longer work. Blood stays in the veins, and stretches them out of shape - then you have varicose veins.

Varicose veins can make the legs ache or cause them to tire quickly. Sometimes, the pooled blood leaks fluid out of the veins, so the ankles and feet swell, most often around the ankle.

And then there is the the way they look.

Things you can do for varicose veins are limited but worth trying.

One way to keep blood from pooling is lying down with your legs higher than your heart. That position empties blood out of leg veins. Now I know, you cant spend the entire day with your legs elevated, but elevate them as often as you can.

Another way is compression stockings. The Compression moves blood upward.

Never stand for long in one place. If you have to stay still, tighten your calf and leg muscles to help push blood out of the legs.

Now what about surgical vein treatment and/or removal?

At the Utah Vein Treatment Center, there are many methods of getting rid of these veins. There are endovascular lasers, radiofrequency catheters and other techniques. We only use the latest, newest technologies available.

Long gone are the old days, "stripping of the veins". Surgical procedures have been refined to the point that most patients return home on the day of the procedure which is often performed in the doctors office.

Most procedures are simple and very effective.

These tips helpful? You can call me with any questions at 801-501-8346 or at drjensen@veinsmatter.com or see our website at www.veinsmatter.com

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