Phlebology is the treatment for varicose and spider veins found on one’s legs. Varicose veins can cause pain in the legs that can often worsen by lengthened times of standing.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and sometimes painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood. In normal veins, valves in the vein keep blood moving forward toward the heart. With varicose veins, the valves do not function properly, allowing blood to stay in the vein. Blood that pools causes the vein to swell.
Common symptoms include:
- Fullness, heaviness, aching, and sometimes pain in the legs
- Visible, swollen veins
- Mild swelling of ankles
- Brown color of the skin at the ankles (in more severe cases)
- Skin ulcers near the ankle (in more severe cases)
Veins that cause pain or are just not cosmetically appealing are easily treatable with Phlebology. Treatment may include a corrective method called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy, an in-office procedure performed by Dr. Farmer, uses a tiny needle to inject the veins with medication that drastically reduces the vein’s visibility and pain.