Advanced Vein and Vascular Solutions Blog

Walking is beneficial for healthy leg veins

The best exercise is walking. Walking is a low-impact activity that stretches and strengthens your calf pump, thereby improving your blood flow.
Set a goal to walk 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. Park farther away when shopping, take the long route, take the stairs, walk the mall several times so you can walk a little longer. Your veins will thank you for it!

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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

If you have Chronic Venous Insufficiency, your ankles may swell and your calves may feel tight. Your legs may also feel heavy, tired, restless, or achy. You may feel pain while walking or shortly after stopping.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency may be associated with varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen veins that you can see through the skin. They often look blue, bulging, and twisted. Large varicose veins can lead to skin changes like rashes, redness, and sores.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency can also cause problems with leg swelling because of the pressure of the blood pooling in the veins. Your lymphatic system may also produce fluid, called lymph, to compensate for Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Your leg tissues may then absorb some of this fluid, which can increase the tendency for your legs to swell. In severe cases, Chronic Venous Insufficiency and the leg swelling can cause ulcers to form on the lower parts of the leg.

Getting rid of incompetent veins

Patients often say “don’t I need all of my veins? Won’t eliminating these abnormal veins harm the blood circulation in my legs?”

That’s a reasonable question. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The confusion may arise because there is very little redundancy in your artery system, and it is critical to preserve as many of the arteries in your legs as possible. However, there is a lot of redundancy in the vein system and you have many more veins in your legs than necessary for good health.

Blood flows through abnormal, incompetent veins sluggishly and under abnormally high pressure. This is an unhealthy, abnormal state. Not only can this condition produce pain, swelling and the various other symptoms, it also increases the risk of phlebitis and blood clots.

When we destroy abnormal veins, the flow of blood is redirected through tributary veins to nearby healthy veins that have properly functioning valves. Unlike the sluggish, high-pressure flow of blood through abnormal veins, the blood through healthy veins flows briskly and efficiently upward through your legs and back to your heart.

You actually have many more veins in your legs than your need. Getting rid of defective ones improves circulation and health. This is why you will often experience relief of discomfort and other symptoms after treatment, and your legs will feel fresher and lighter.

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Incompetent Reticular Vein

Spider veins themselves are just the tip of the iceberg. Two even bigger culprits lurk beneath the skin’s surface. One of these villians goes by the name of “incompetent reticular vein.”

That’s the standard medical term for a larger vein that lies just below the surface of the skin. Many doctors refer to them as feeding green veins. That’s because in fair-skinned patients they’re greenish-blue in color and they “feed” blood at excessive pressures into clusters of spider veins. Other physicians refer to them as blue-green veins or root veins.(every villain must have an alias)

The other culprit is the incompetent perforator vein. Perforator veins are short connecting blood vessels that carry blood from your superficial vein system inward to your deep vein system. Your deep veins then transport the blood briskly up your legs and back into your heart and lungs for replenishment with oxygen.

A valve with each perforator vein allows blood to flow in only one direction: from the superficial veins to the deep veins. But if this valve becomes defective and leaks (i.e. the perforator vein becomes incompetent), blood begins to flow backwards from the deep veins to the superficial veins.

inflamed and dilated

Spider veins, like all chronic venous insufficiency problems, are caused by leaky valves in the veins of the leg that allow blood to fall sluggishly downward, instead of briskly flowing upward as it should. During prolonged periods of sitting or standing, the pooling blood accumulates under increasing pressure below the leaky valves, causing the vein to become inflamed and dilated.