Palm Clinic's Preventative Approach to Varicose Veins

Thursday 28 March 2019, 2:54PM
By Beckie Wright

While Palm Clinic offer plenty of treatments, a more preventative approach to varicose veins is also recommended. The risk of varicose veins increases with age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins that help regulate blood flow. Women are more likely to develop the condition, and if  other family members had varicose veins, there's a greater chance you will too. Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins, and standing or sitting for long periods of time. Your blood doesn't flow as well if you're in the same position for long periods.


In general, varicose veins are a result of faulty blood vessels which fail to carry blood back to the heart properly. This leads to the blood flowing backwards in the vein and venous enlargement. Spider veins often develop for the same reason but are exacerbated by obesity, pregnancy, menopause and genetic factors.


Varicose veins are typically much more difficult to deal with than spider veins. Varicose vein symptoms range from a feeling of numbness and leg heaviness, to throbbing, tingling, leg aches and cramps and skin ulcers. Varicose veins are both unpleasant to look at and can cause discomfort, so it’s good to know that these conditions can easily be treated.


At the Palm Clinic, the expert team treat spider veins using Microsclerotherapy. This is an injection technique that uses ultra-fine needles. In some cases the team will use an Exotherme Laser or IPL. Another option is the Coolglide Excel laser. For varicose veins, specialists at the Palm Clinic offer the Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS). These treatments are simple non-surgical techniques where you can walk in, walk out and get back to work the same day.


Finally, speaking of walking, the most effective way to prevent varicose veins is to get moving! Also you should watch your weight and your diet, as shedding excess pounds takes unnecessary pressure off your veins. Avoiding high heels is also helpful, as is avoiding long periods of sitting or standing, so when you can you should elevate your legs.


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