How to Reduce Leg Pain

How to Reduce Leg Pain

Vein disease is a common health issue that affects millions of people each year. It occurs when the valves inside your veins become weak or damaged. It often affects the leg veins, causing blood to pool and lead to swelling and discomfort. If left untreated, damaged...
Why Are Veins Blue?

Why Are Veins Blue?

Have you ever looked at the veins in your arms or legs and wondered, “If blood is red, why are my veins blue?” You might be surprised to learn that veins aren’t blue. In fact, they’re mostly colorless. It’s the blood inside the veins that helps give them color. While...
What Are the Warning Signs of a Blood Clot?

What Are the Warning Signs of a Blood Clot?

Blood clots are healthy and lifesaving when they stop external bleeding but can be dangerous or even fatal when they occur inside the body. Internal blood clots form when blood doesn’t flow properly through the circulatory system. When this happens in the legs, it is...
Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat small varicose veins, called reticular veins, and spider veins. It’s quick, safe, and effective at eliminating the appearance of unsightly veins as well as the occasional aching and itching associated with...
Signs and Symptoms of Edema

Signs and Symptoms of Edema

Edema is the medical term for swelling that occurs anywhere in the body and is sometimes painful. It’s most common in the feet, legs, and ankles. It happens when your small blood vessels leak excess fluid into nearby tissues. Gravity then pulls these fluids down into...
How Do Compression Stockings Work?

How Do Compression Stockings Work?

The specialists at Virginia Vein Care want to share how compression stockings work, so you know what to expect. Compression stockings are specially made, stretchy socks designed to gently squeeze the legs in a graded fashion, with compression at the ankle...
Swimming and Varicose Veins

Swimming and Varicose Veins

Pushing your body through water isn’t just a terrific form of exercise; it’s also a great way to improve circulation throughout your entire body. Combining vigorous arm and leg movements with the natural resistance of water increases your heart rate and the amount of...
Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Aromatherapy has become a popular way to treat a wide range of conditions, including the pain associated with varicose veins. Varicose veins are inflamed, ropy blue veins that can cause aching, burning, swelling and itching. Using essential oils for varicose veins may...
Why Do I Get Varicose Veins During the Summer?

Why Do I Get Varicose Veins During the Summer?

Most veins are responsible for pushing deoxygenated blood back to the heart, where it receives fresh oxygen. Small, one-way valves inside the veins help push blood upward, against gravity. Each time the heart beats, the valves open, allowing blood to flow upward, and...