Some people eagerly await the cold weather, while others dread the dropping temperatures, and all that goes with it. This year, winter begins on December 21st with the solstice. In fact, the word solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning sun, and sistere, to stand still.
Although the word solstice refers to the solar path, standing still and excessive sitting are both factors associated with increased risk for varicose and spider veins during winter. During these colder months, many people prefer to stay indoors, and often their lifestyles become considerably less active than during the warmer seasons. This inactivity causes increased pressure on weakened vein valves in the legs.
Additionally, increased holiday travel can make extended sitting unavoidable, and those extra holiday pounds can put added stress on veins. Yet, by following these tips, it’s possible to avoid adding extra vein stress to your holiday list:
- Get up frequently and walk around. It doesn’t matter if it’s at home, work, the airport, or even holiday shopping at the mall.
- Consider a stationary bike or treadmill for easy indoor exercise.
- Elevate your legs when you must sit for extended periods of time.
- Cut calories to keep a healthy weight by eating a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Studies show that eating them can strengthen blood vessel walls, reducing swelling and helping to ease pain.
However, when it’s time to consider consulting with a specialist vein doctor about varicose vein and spider vein treatment, winter may be the best time to do it, as swelling and vein dilation is typically less during these cooler months. The good news is that two highly effective, non-surgical treatment options are available today, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy for varicose veins.
These sessions are typically completed by a varicose vein specialist in the office, within 20 minutes per leg. Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, 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 varicose vein or spider vein removal, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our three convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853, Wellington 561-790-4550, or West Palm Beach 561-429-8236,
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, Wellington, and West Palm Beach 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.