Depending on the degrees of severity with venous disease, there are several options of vein care for the millions among us who struggle with vein pain. It’s not uncommon to feel pain in the calves, heaviness in the legs, or to have swelling around your ankles when you have a vein disorder.


Compression Therapy for Vein Pain

Compression therapy is a long-used, though temporary, treatment. It is safe, non-invasive, and effective for leg pain — for the time one is wearing the compression socks or hose. Such garments should be worn in the daytime, unless otherwise instructed by a physician. Gradient compression stockings help reduce the pain associated with the root cause of most vein problems: chronic venous insufficiency, or the failure of tiny one-way valves in veins that prevent blood from flowing backward. When blood flows backward, it pools, creates pressure, and is a likely cause of vein and leg pain. The amount of graduated compression improves venous flow by restricting the backward flow of blood via graduated compression applied evenly around the leg.

Compression therapy also helps reduce the likelihood of a deep vein thrombosis. Most physicians agree that patients with symptoms due to venous insufficiency need to wear gradient compression hose.

Most doctor prescriptions provide compression stockings with 20-30 mmHg of compressions or 30-40 for severe varicose veins. Specialists also monitor patient symptoms during the use of compression therapy as venous stasis ulcers may develop.

Other Treatment Options for Vein Pain

Sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) are other treatment options for vein pain. Sclerotherapy can be guided by infrared light. Other treatments may be guided by ultrasound.

Sclerotherapy uses a fine needle to inject a chemical into the varicose vein to damage the inside lining of vein, which causes the vein to close.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the vein through micro puncture in the skin. The defective vein is removed through small openings, and blood is diverted to other healthy veins.

EVLT is performed with a local anesthetic. A laser fiber is threaded into the vein and seals the vein shut from the inside out. Eventually, most veins are reabsorbed by the body. If a vein is not reabsorbed, an ambulatory phlebectomy may be called for.

If you are currently suffering from leg pain of swelling, contact us today. Our knowledgeable varicose vein specialists are here to provide comfort to those heavy, hurting, swollen or restless legs, so contact us today.