Leg Vein Issues Are A Guy Thing, Too!

When you hear about varicose veins, what comes to mind? Your mother? Grandmother? Wife? If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Leg vein problems are typically thought to be a women’s issue, but in reality, the condition affects the genders nearly equally. At Gilvydis Vein Clinic, 45% of our patient base is male, with a wide variety of ages represented.

People usually think of varicose veins as a purely cosmetic issue, but they cause far more troubles than the gnarled, bulging veins we typically associate with vein disease. Leg vein disease often causes pain, swelling, heaviness, and throbbing that make everyday activities difficult. Left untreated, it can progress to cellulitis, scar tissue, ulcers, bleeding, blood clots, and even deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal condition.

Varicose veins develop for a variety of reasons, including family history of the condition. Other contributing factors include prolonged sitting or standing, which negatively impacts blood flow, along with smoking, consuming too much sodium, and being overweight. While young people are certainly susceptible to vein disease, the risk increases with age because of the loss of tissue tone and muscle mass, along with a weakening of the venous walls.

There are several steps you can take to help alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins, such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Eating more fiber
  • Consuming more vitamin C
  • Drinking more water
  • Watching your salt intake
  • Eating foods rich in rutin, a flavonoid found in asparagus, berries, figs, and other produce

Exercise also helps, especially biking and walking. Elevate your legs when resting and avoid crossing your legs while sitting. Compression socks or stockings may also provide some relief.

While these tactics are helpful, the only way to rid yourself of varicose veins – and the associated health risks – is to undergo treatment. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since the days of vein stripping and other scary-sounding procedures. At Gilvydis Vein Clinic, our minimally invasive treatments such as endovenous laser ablation and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy are highly effective and covered by most insurance plans. There’s no scarring and recovery time is minimal, with many patients returning to their normal activities the same day.

June is a busy month for the guys – it’s Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day is June 21. Guys, remember – don’t ignore your symptoms that could be related to vein disease. And ladies, think about all the important men in your life and encourage them to get the treatment they deserve – especially if they’ve been complaining about pain and other symptoms.

Stop letting painful, swollen legs slow you down. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and read more about other men who’ve taken steps to treat their varicose veins.

Relieving pain from varicose veins

Studies estimate that more than 40 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. Normally, one-way valves in the veins of your legs keep blood flowing toward the heart. When varicose veins are present, however, the normal flow of blood is disrupted. The presence of varicose veins results in painful or uncomfortable veins that have filled with blood and can be seen on the surface of the legs.

Varicose can cause several different symptoms and, depending on the severity of your varicose veins, can make it hard to perform day-to-day tasks.

Here at Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Sycamore and Geneva, Illinois, Dr. Gilvydis – a board-certified interventional radiologist – knows firsthand how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be living with varicose veins.

“I became interested in treating vein diseases when while in medical school I began experiencing aching and restlessness in my legs due to varicose veins,” says Dr. Gilvydis. “I ended up having procedures done on both of my legs to address the problem, which resulted in no more leg pain or discomfort. I knew I found my calling to help others suffering from vein disease to get back to their lives pain free.”

This is why we offer outpatient, minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options so you can comfortably have your varicose veins treated, and head home to rest the same day.

It is recommended that varicose vein sufferers experiencing leg pain, swelling, restlessness in the legs, cramping and/or throbbing, see a board-certified doctor like Dr. Gilvydis, to rule out any serious vein or blood clot complications.

If you have varicose veins and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, try these helpful tips to reduce discomfort:

  • Avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting
  • Elevate your legs when possible (above the level of your heart)
  • Maintain a healthy weight through exercise and diet
  • Physical activity with your legs promotes circulation
  • Compression stockings may be used in some patients (ask your doctor first)
  • Avoid wearing high heels for prolonged periods
  • Don’t wear overly tight clothing that may restrict blood flow

There is no way to completely prevent varicose veins from developing. Older age or a family history of varicose veins may increase your risk for developing varicose veins. You also may be at higher risk if you have increased pressure in your veins due to being overweight or pregnant.

To learn more about varicose veins or to explore different minimally invasive treatment options for your varicose veins, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic or stop by during one of our designated free vein evaluation days.