Why Put Up with Leg Pain?

Sore Legs

By Jordan Knepper, MD, MSc, Henry Ford Allegiance Vascular Health

Do your legs feel heavy, tired, painful or swollen? Have you noticed large, bulging (varicose) veins in your legs or changes in the skin? These may be signs of venous insufficiency — a condition that occurs when the blood flow through the veins is impaired.

One in three people has venous insufficiency or another form of vascular disease. Even though vein issues are negatively affecting their daily life, they often live with the discomfort because they don’t realize they have a treatable medical condition. But, there are effective, minimally invasive treatment options available even for those who have had treatment before and were unhappy with the results.

We have come a long way in treating vascular disease. For the past 10 years, we relied on laser and radio frequency sealing, which are still necessary in some cases. Henry Ford Allegiance Vascular Health now has technology that was previously only offered at large academic hospitals. These include a new glue-based treatment and a foam injection procedure. All are outpatient procedures, take only 1–2 hours and won’t limit your activity level. They are also covered by most insurance plans.

There simply is no reason to put up with the discomfort of vascular disease. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s time to seek help:

  • Swelling of the legs
  • Skin discoloration, rashes or redness
  • Itching or open sores
  • Tough, leathery, discolored skin on legs
  • Bulging (varicose) veins
  • Skin ulcers (especially around the inside of the ankle)
  • Aching, burning, throbbing or heaviness in the legs and feet
  • Cramping
  • Leg fatigue or weakness

To learn more about our comprehensive vein screenings and treatments, visit HenryFordAllegiance.com/Vascular.

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