Vein Care Center

Leg Veins

    Leg veins are constantly under stress, as they have to direct blood flow back to the heart and lungs, against the pull of gravity. If you suffered an injury or are older than 40, these veins may weaken to the point that blood pools in your lower legs, which can create a number of medical issues, including varicose veins or a venous stasis ulcer. Get treated properly by a board certified vein specialist, like Dr. Jonathan Arad, at the Vein Care Center in New York City and New Jersey. Call for a consultation to get a diagnosis and treatment.

    Why Do Leg Veins Pop Up?

    While arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart, veins, including the arm veins, leg veins, hand veins and foot veins, carry oxygen-depleted blood back into the heart and lungs. When  problems develop in the internal structure of the veins, you may start noticing bulging or pop-up veins.

    A vein consultation from doctors who specialize in vein diseases is highly recommended when you have vein problems. Vein issues aren’t always simply a cosmetic concern. Sometimes, problematic leg veins can cause life-threatening conditions, such as a pulmonary embolism.

    Choosing a vein specialist, like Dr. Jonathan Arad and his team of vein experts from the Vein Care Center, is your best bet. These specialists can deliver a faster diagnosis of your blood-flow problems, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and superficial thrombophlebitis (ST). With locations in the Financial District, Greenwich Village, Midtown Manhattan, and Upper East Side in NYC and Paramus, Cranford, Riverdale, and East Brunswick in NJ, there is an office near you.

    What Causes Problems in Leg Veins?

    Veins function with a system of valves that open and close to force the blood to flow in one direction: back to the heart. But these valves can get injured or become defective, and if they don’t shut properly, it allows some of the blood to pool backward. This build-up of pooled blood causes pressure within the vein walls, resulting in the appearance of small reddish spider veins or larger bluish-green varicose veins.

    There are several reasons for the valves within the veins to develop problems. Some of the most common include:

    • A close family member who suffers from any form of venous diseases.
    • Female hormones increase the risks.
    • Pregnancy or taking birth control pills.
    • You are between 40 and 80 years of age, although even teens and those below 40 can get damaged veins as well. The vein walls lose their elasticity due to the aging process.
    • Occupations that forces you to constantly sit or stand.
    • Smoking, obesity, diabetes, or hypertension.
    • Cancer, which can also damage your veins.

    Why You Need a Vein Specialist?

    Visible veins often are asymptomatic, which may make you think that any leg vein treatment is necessary only for aesthetic reasons. But leg veins can cause diverse symptoms, including back pain, knee pain, leg cramps, restless legs, charley horses or numbness that only an expert like Dr. Arad, a board-certified vascular surgeon, can interpret.

    While you may not have any pain in your leg veins now, not seeking suitable treatment can further damage your veins and may even lead to dangerous complications. During your consultation, your vein specialist takes your medical history, gives you a physical exam and may use diagnostic imaging tests to reach a diagnosis. You may discover your veiny legs have a serious medical condition, such as:

    • Venous stasis ulcer. This is a condition that causes open sores or wounds in the area of your faulty veins. They can take anywhere from weeks to years to heal. These usually develop when blood pools in the veins due to defective valves. You may need leg vein surgery for complete relief.
    • Venous insufficiency. This condition develops when your veins are unable to send all the blood back to your heart. The pooled blood causes the veins to swell, change skin color and sometimes even develop ulcers.
    • Leaky veins. This is another term for chronic venous insufficiency that causes your skin to itch and scale. You may also feel pain that’s throbbing or achy. You may notice visible signs of varicose veins.

     

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    How Do I Get Rid of Veins on My Legs?

    Treatment for your leg veins depends on the severity and location of the problem, as well as your overall health. Dr. Arad knows how to get rid of veins on the legs. He and his team prefer personalizing the treatment programs for best results. You may start off with compression therapy for ulcer treatments, but if they don’t improve your condition, you may need more invasive treatments. The best course of action may involve procedures such as:

    The team at the Vein Care Center in NYC and NJ always choose the best procedure for your condition. They use the latest medical technology to diagnose and treat your veins. Contact the nearest office today to schedule a consultation.

    Page Updated on Feb 8, 2022 by Dr. Arad (Vein Doctor) of Vein Care Center