One of the worst misconceptions about vein disease is that it is only a “women’s disease,” and that men don’t have to worry about getting it. That’s not true – 25% of men aged 30-40 and 50% of men over 70 have some form of vein disease. What makes the “vein disease is only a women’s disease” myth so destructive is that it often prevents men from seeing a vein care specialist in Kauai. For the men in our reading audience, this article discusses some common symptoms you might have experienced, without knowing they were caused by vein disease.
Do you often experience swollen legs and ankles?
If so, you might be tempted to consider this “normal.” It’s not. Temporarily swollen legs and ankles may be the result of overexertion or injury. But if you experience painful swelling in your extremities often, especially if you also have varicose veins, it is more likely the result of a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency. CVI causes a failure in the valves that control the flow of blood through your veins back to your heart and lungs. Instead of closing properly after blood has passed through, they remain open and become “leaky,” so blood flows back into the veins and pools there. This can cause the veins to swell and become varicose, but it can also cause an increase in the fluid pressure in your legs and ankles. This is what causes them to swell and become painful.
If you leave CVI untreated, the pain and swelling can in time become so intense that you have difficulty moving. This can impact not only your personal life but your work life as well, especially if your job requires you to stand or walk for long periods of the day.
Are swollen legs and ankles treatable?
Yes, the swelling and pain caused by CVI and other vein diseases can be successfully treated – quickly, easily, and painlessly. All of the treatments we provide at one of the best Maui vein treatment centers are minimally-invasive, which means that there is no need for hospitals, for deep incisions, for general anesthesia, or for long recovery periods. You don’t even have to miss work – we can eliminate your CVI (and varicose veins, if they have begun to appear) in the comfort of our offices in about an hour. The treatments are so gentle and painless that in many cases no anesthesia at all is needed, and you can literally walk out of the offices afterwards and return to your normal life, the problem taken care of.
The first step to getting rid of the pain and swelling is to determine what exactly is causing it, and you can do that by calling Dr. Randall S. Juleff to arrange for a venous health screening. These checkups are painless and non-invasive, and they allow us to determine the exact cause of your symptoms, and thus help us find the most effective treatments to eliminate them.
So if you’ve been trying to “tough it out” and ignore the pain and swelling in your legs for some time, isn’t it about time to eliminate it instead? The first step is really as simple as making that phone call to one of the best vein doctors in Hawaii. You’ll be happy you did.