Varicose veins occur when the valves in the leg veins no longer function properly, causing blood to pool in the legs.
• Leg heaviness and fatigue
• Leg or ankle swelling
• Leg pain, aching or cramping
• Varicose veins
• Skin changes or rashes
• Ulcers, open wounds or sores
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Lifestyle or occupation that requires prolonged standing
• Obesity or excess weight
• Current or previous pregnancies
Custom Made orthotics are primarily used to treat mechanical problems of the feet and legs. Varicose veins are not a mechanical problem therefore will not be resolved with foot orthotics. However, proper footwear is important. Be sure that the shoe is not too restrictive in a particular area and avoid high heeled shoes that would limit the use of the muscles of the calf.
• Compression stockings--By compressing the limb with graduated compression (strongest at the ankle and decreasing going up the leg), the compression stocking acts as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a near normal state and aiding overall circulation.
• Radio frequency ablation (heat) to seal off the affected vein.