Tips for Getting Rid of Visible Veins in Your Feet

Tips for Getting Rid of Visible Veins in Your Feet

Visible veins in your feet can appear as bulging or spidery veins. While they’re usually harmless, you might not like how they look, and sometimes they can be a symptom of a health issue. Let’s see what you can do about them. 

Dr. Francine Rhinehart, DPM, in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, specializes in modern podiatric therapies, including techniques for eliminating visible veins in your feet. 

What are visible veins? 

Some people have bulging veins in their feet. These veins can look ropey and raised from your foot’s surface. Sometimes they’re also purple or blue. Usually, such visible veins are varicose veins, which form when your veins don’t push blood to your heart as they should, and, instead, the blood pools in your extremities. 

For some people, such visible veins are merely unsightly, and they wear socks and shoes even in summer to hide them. For others, they’re downright painful. Some people report feeling burning, swelling, heavy legs, itching, or tingling..

Some of the most common causes of visible or bulging veins are pregnancy, spending lots of time standing or sitting, genetics, smoking, and being overweight.

Aging can also cause your veins to show more because your skin thins, and it’s easier to see your veins. Yet, another common cause is vein disease, such as varicose veins and the later, more symptomatic stages. Because some cases are life-threatening, you need to have them evaluated.

How can you reduce your visible veins? 

You can reduce unsightly, bulging veins through the following methods: 

If you’ve already tried compression stockings and elevation, and you still have visible veins, you may be a good candidate for a more advanced treatment like sclerotherapy.

What to expect from sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is an outpatient treatment performed in Dr. Rhinehart’s office. She evaluates your medical history and current state of health. Once she ensures you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy, then she walks you through your personal treatment plan. 

On your appointment day, she injects the sclerosant, the irritating solution, into the diseased vein. You relax for a few minutes and let the injection do its work. In some cases, you’ll feel a brief cramping sensation. Over time, the vein withers and is flushed out of your system. Depending on the size and visibility of your veins, you may need multiple treatments. 

If you’d like to discover more about getting rid of visible veins in your feet. Francine Rhinehart, DPM in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, can help. You can book your appointment through our online scheduling tool.

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