Are Your Leg Veins at Risk?
Problems associated with your leg veins generally develop slowly over a long period of time. Consequently it is only prudent to learn to recognize the indicators of venous issues and take steps to prevent any advancement of symptoms. As with so many other conditions, early detection and therapy is your best defense for keeping your legs as healthy as possible.
Did you know that roughly 33% of Americans past the Age of 45 suffer from Vein related Problems?
Vein problems such as weakened leg veins or faulty valves inside your veins can have relatively few or even no symptoms at all during their very early stages. As the disease stage progresses the signs become more noticeable. The medical community has identified characteristic warning signs you should be aware of.
If you have any of the following Symptoms you could have Vein Problems that need to be addressed:
- Heavy and tired feeling legs
- Achiness and pain in the legs (after standing or sitting for hours)
- Ankle swelling (edema)
- Cramping, tingling or numbness in the legs and/or feet
- Spider veins or varicose veins
- Skin discolorations
- Ulcers or open sores (typically on the lower part of the leg)
- Family history of vein issues
Compression Stockings and other types of graduated compression hosiery can be a very effective non-invasive treatment alternative to provide the support your weakened leg veins may need and to alleviate the aches and pains you may be experiencing in your legs. Support hosiery can be extremely beneficial as a preventative measure before you notice any symptoms. If you are wearing pantyhose or stockings do your legs a favor and switch to support hosiery or graduated compression hosiery of a lower compression level (20mmHg or less).
If you are worried about how compression stockings may look – you will be pleasantly surprised at the fashionable compression stockings, pantyhose and even leggings options that are available today to complement your wardrobe.
However, before you start looking for compression stockings it is important that you make an appointment with your physician or a vein specialist to discuss which type and strength of compression stockings would be best for you. Your health care provider will also be able to tell you if there is anything in your medical history that would prevent you from using compression stockings.
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