Are compression socks right for you?

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If you plan to participate in the Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 18, make sure your legs are ready.

As you’ve trained for the race, you may have noticed a growing number of runners wearing compression stockings and wondered if they’re right for you.

Because running is a high-impact activity, runners often experience vein swelling, which can result in leg aching, throbbing, heaviness or fatigue. Many runners are wearing compression socks to help them recover from the stress a long run puts on their legs. The snug-fitting, knee-high socks are meant to increase circulation and reduce lactic acid build-up. Some runners wear compression socks while training and racing while others use them after a run. Continue reading

Three frequently asked questions about vein treatment

What you want to know about treatment cost, compression stockings and more

veins blogIf you have tired or achy legs, you may have issues with vein health, including varicose veins. Patients often come to the U-M Vein Center because they want their legs to look and feel great. Here are some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about spider and varicose veins.

1. “How much does varicose vein treatment cost?”

We’re all conscious of our budgets, but most of the concern about treatment for vein issues arises from patients being told by well-meaning family, friends and even physicians that their condition is “cosmetic.” Not all varicose vein treatment is cosmetic and most insurance companies cover diagnostic studies and treatment of symptomatic varicose veins (those that cause pain, aching, swelling, itching, calf/foot cramping). If you’re unsure, come and see us and we can help determine whether your condition meets the criteria. Continue reading

Schedule your vein treatment consultation now

Almost time to replace those long pants and warm socks with summer shorts and sandals

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Schedule your vein treatment consultation now to get your legs ready for summer.

This is the time of year when long pants and warm socks are replaced with summer shorts and sandals. It is also the time of year when many patients come to the University of Michigan Vein Centers for a vein treatment consultation, wanting to know what they can do to get their legs looking and feeling great. Often, they are concerned with the appearance of spider and varicose veins, which impact more than 30 million adults in the United States.

The key is to schedule your vein treatment consultation a few months in advance, as some treatment options require follow-up and/or time to heal.

A visit to the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center usually begins with an exam by one of our experienced providers, who will gather information about your vein health and share information about caring for your legs. In some cases, an ultrasound study of your legs may be necessary. Then, a personalized treatment plan is designed specifically for you.

New varicose vein treatment on the horizon

Varithena® is recently FDA-approved for foam sclerotherapy and has been shown to improve the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins. This treatment — a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that features injecting the varicose vein — is expected to be available this summer. Continue reading

From a vein disease doctor: 3 tips for healthy legs

Leg vein treatment can be cosmetic or health-related

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A venous health specialist, or vein disease doctor, can help with your vein problems, whether they are cosmetic or health related.

If you spend much of your day sitting or standing, you may have vein issues. These can include cosmetic concerns about spider veins, leg pain from varicose veins or aching and swelling in the legs caused by venous insufficiency. If your legs are in need of attention — either for cosmetic purposes or health-related issues — you may benefit from a venous evaluation.

As a specialist in venous disease (or vein disease doctor) I see a range of patients at the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center. Some are concerned about the look of their legs due to spider veins and others come to us with blood clots. No matter what your concern, we can help. Even if your leg issue can’t be resolved at the Vein Center, we are part of the Venous Health Program at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, with access to specialists in vascular surgery, interventional radiology and vascular medicine. This means we can get you where you need to be for the best possible care. Continue reading

Do you have vein disease?

Don't miss the Livonia Vein Center booth, May 2-5 at the Novi Women's Expo

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Vein problems can include blood clots, phlebitis, and varicose and spider veins

As many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 50 have some sort of vein health issue, says Dr. Lisa Pavone of the Livonia Vein Center. These issues include:

Dr. Pavone suggests individuals ask themselves the following questions to determine if they have a vein issue:

  • Are your legs tired, heavy, restless, swollen, sore or painful, especially at the end of the day?
  • Are symptoms worsened by prolonged sitting or standing?
  • Do your legs feel better when you’re walking or when legs are elevated?
  • Have you tried support stockings to alleviate the pain?
  • Do you find yourself using Motrin or other ibuprofen to relieve the pain?

 

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Varicose veins? Exercise can help

Don't miss the Livonia Vein Center booth at Schoolcraft College April 23d

man-swimmingFor patients with vein issues, “Immobility is your enemy,” says Dr. Emily Cummings of the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center. She recommends low-impact exercise for good vein health. Walking, swimming and biking are examples of low-impact activities that activate the calf muscle, which works like a pump to squeeze the veins and drive blood out of the leg. Dr. Cummings says runners often have fewer symptoms from their varicose veins, likely due to their calf muscle use.

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