Whether you’ve just got a few spider veins and are interested in how to treat them or if you’re experiencing the early symptoms of varicose veins, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the facts. According to Jacksonville’s vein specialist, Dr. James St. George of the St. Johns Vein Center, the single biggest myth about varicose veins is that they are a cosmetic issue.
“Almost invariably, patients and many physicians believe that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem, when in fact, it is a treatable medical condition.”
Just What Are Varicose Veins?
An important fact you need to know is that the root cause of varicose veins is weakened or damaged vein valves. Our veins have one-way valves that assist in keeping the blood moving only upward toward our heart. When these valves are compromised due to, genetics, pregnancy, weight gain, age and job requirements that have us sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, they become weakened, which allows the blood to pool in our legs and creates varicose veins.
The notion that varicose veins are merely a cosmetic issue is perhaps the single biggest myth about the condition – and potentially the most dangerous. Varicose veins are in fact a medical condition that, if left untreated, can lead to more serious ailments including blood clots and ulcers (which can also lead to infection). The good news is that they’re easily treatable via several non-invasive procedures and techniques.
Get Your Legs Checked
If you are experiencing leg cramps, spider veins or any other issues with your legs, don’t let the myths keep you from getting the treatment you need! You too can have beautiful, healthy legs. Take a moment to contact the St. Johns Vein Center via email or call us at 877-640-VEIN (8346) and schedule a complimentary vein screening today.