At Vascular Vein Centers, care is more than just skin-deep. The medical staff at Vascular Vein Centers, founded in 2001 by Dr. Samuel Martin, recognizes that unsightly spider and varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue, they are a medical condition that can affect more than just appearance. And, Dr. Martin is pleased to say, more of his patients are recognizing it, too.
“We’re seeing more and more people with a higher level of understanding about their veins,” he says. “Yes, venous disease has cosmetic symptoms, and our patients are thrilled that we can correct those, but they also understand that the underlying cause must be properly treated to maintain their longterm health.”
The venous system in an average-sized adult, if laid end-to-end, is approximately 100,000 miles long and is responsible for returning deoxygenated blood back to your heart – a crucial bodily function. If the veins become diseased or stressed so that the valves no longer keep blood flowing efficiently, legs and feet can become swollen and the skin over time can become dry, itchy, and eventually discolored and fragile.
Spider veins (also called telangiectasias) are small, superficial blood vessels in your skin. They get their name because their delicate, weaving appearance is similar to that of a spider’s web. Spider veins most commonly appear on the legs and feet, inner and outer thighs, calves, back of the knees, and the ankle area. Spider veins are often a sign of increased pressure in the lower extremities that can, over time, cause swelling and skin changes.
Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are bulging, rope-like veins seen in the legs. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause skin and tissue discoloration in the lower legs.
Spider and varicose veins can be caused by a number of factors including heredity, hormone changes from pregnancy or menopause, weight gain, trauma, prolonged sitting or standing, and age. While some of these can be avoided or improved, many are outside your control.
“The very best thing you can do to maintain the health of your veins and legs is to wear compression stockings,” says Dr. Martin, who has been sporting the special socks himself every day for the last 40 years.
Compression socks perform the same function as the colorful arm and leg sleeves that are so popular with professional athletes, and Vascular Vein Centers offers a number of colors and styles to match anyone’s fashion sense. In fact, the Lake Mary office features a walk-in Doc’s Socks store, allowing men and women to come in without an appointment to be quickly fitted for medical-grade compression stockings. It’s like a visit to a shoe store, only this legwear can significantly improve your health.
For venous issues that are more advanced, the staff at Vascular Vein Centers performs a comprehensive physical examination including ultrasound venous imaging to evaluate the entire venous system and understand how it is affecting your life. Each patient then receives a personalized treatment plan. That plan is essential to ensure everyone obtains proper therapy to restore optimal leg health. You’ll find no one-size-fits-all treatments at Vascular Vein Centers, and most treatments are covered by insurance.
“I want our patients to have healthy legs now, and I want them to have healthy legs 20 years from now,” says Dr. Martin. “Some doctors see vein disease and treat it with stents and other surgical solutions. That can be appropriate in some situations, but here we use non-surgical, non-invasive treatments to address both the cosmetic concerns and the underlying conditions. Our patients are often back to their normal routines quickly, and they’re on a path to much more optimal health.”
The mission at Vascular Vein Centers is to not only treat venous disease, but also to educate patients about optimal leg health and lifestyle options. There are seven Vascular Vein Centers locations in Central Florida, including the Lake Mary office. Contact the center today to learn more about vein treatments and how you can be back to your normal routine within days.