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If you suffer from vein problems (spider veins, large ropey varicose veins, or venous leg ulcers) you're not alone. More than 80 million Americans suffer from vein disease, a medical condition that can lead to further health problems. Ignoring the condition can result in symptoms such as pain, fatigue, itching, burning and swelling. You might even experience throbbing and restlessness, to the point that you feel the need to keep your legs constantly moving.

Unfortunately, vein disease doesn't go away on its own and will only get worse over time – making future treatment more extensive. Although approximately 45 percent of men suffer from vein disease, it's still women who are mainly affected. And because these women might be busy juggling the demands of their career and family, they often put off treatment.

The good news is that with today's advanced technology, vein disorders are treatable through safer and more effective techniques that don't require surgery.

What causes vein disease?

Essentially, varicose veins are produced when small valves in veins break and cause the blood in them to flow in the wrong direction. This causes the veins to bulge.

There are many myths around vein disease. For instance although pregnancy can aggravate vein disease, it doesn't actually cause it. If you have varicose or spider veins it is likely that someone else in your family has them as well. More than 80 percent of the time it is genetic, this means they aren't caused by long periods of standing or crossing your legs when you sit down. Even so, long periods of standing, as well as obesity, can make it worse.

Just remember that no matter what the cause of your varicose veins is, we’re experts in the field and will do our best to help you both understand and treat the problem.

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As you can see, healthy valves allow blood to flow in one direction. When valves do not function properly blood flows backward, creating strain and damage to vein walls. This results in varicose veins.
As you can see, healthy valves allow blood to flow in one direction. When valves do not function properly blood flows backward, creating strain and damage to vein walls. This results in varicose veins.