As a result of their varicose veins, many people experience leg pain. These veins may appear as swollen, bulging, and gnarled, or they may be internal without visible external indications. However, whether veins are visible or not, painful symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness or achiness in the legs, burning, throbbing, swelling, itchiness, and muscle cramping, especially after extended sitting or standing.
Therefore, many people are concerned about the effects of long-distance traveling on their varicose veins. The problem with most forms of travel including flying, taking a train, or driving is that there are typically extended periods of standing and sitting. Maintaining a static position for prolonged periods of time reduces the blood flow in the body and can also increase the chances of clotting.
However, we recommend these steps to help reduce your symptoms while traveling and to decrease your risks for clotting and other complications:
- Change positions frequently
- Get up and walk around whenever possible
- Wear compression stockings, loose clothing and comfortable footwear
- Stay hydrated
Consider consulting a vein specialist doctor who can evaluate varicose veins prior to traveling. An evaluation could be especially important during pregnancy or when taking oral contraceptives as these are additional risk factors. However, if you are concerned about leg pain and the effects of traveling on your varicose veins, you can easily have them treated and removed.
Varicose veins that are left untreated can lead to a number of serious medical conditions, and in most cases, the symptoms only get worse. Some complications of varicose veins that remain untreated may include leg ulcers, varicose veins bleeding, and blood clots, along with other risks that can require urgent medical attention.
However, there’s no reason to suffer from unsightly, painful varicose veins and their associated risks anymore. Treating varicose veins has come a long way with leading-edge laser technology. Today, laser surgery for varicose veins can provide a method for treatment with a quick, noninvasive, and virtually pain-free alternative.
Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.
If you would like more information regarding leg pain from varicose veins or laser surgery for varicose veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.