How your veins can develop problems
Your veins carry blood from your legs back to your heart. They have valves which make sure the blood flows in one direction. If the valves get stretched out they don’t work well and blood flows backward, as you can see in the video:
What causes vein problems?
A variety of life events can cause problems in the veins like pregnancies, a job where you’re on your feet a lot, or genetics. Even without these risk factors you can develop problems with the blood flow. In fact almost 1 in 3 people over the age of 45 have some kind of vein disease so it is very common.
Early symptoms may seem minor. However, more serious problems like ulcers and skin changes can eventually develop if not treated.
How do we diagnose and treat your problem?
We first visit with you in clinic to get some history. We’ll go over your questions and probably get an ultrasound, which we do at our facility. That gives us some numbers to go off of. Then we can give you more detailed information about what’s going on in your legs.