Varicose veins can make your feet and ankles look bumpy, lumpy, and all-around unattractive. Instead of layering on the socks to cover up, consider a highly effective nonsurgical solution like sclerotherapy at the office of experienced podiatrist Francine Rhinehart, DPM, in Dallas, Texas. Get help for unsightly varicose veins by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
Varicose veins are veins that grow engorged with blood, causing them to push out from the skin. Varicose veins can develop nearly anywhere in the body, but they're quite common in the legs and may also develop in your feet and ankles.
For many people, varicose veins are quite embarrassing. They may keep you from feeling confident going barefoot or wearing sandals. Varicose veins can also be quite physically uncomfortable or painful.
Varicose veins develop when malfunctioning or weakened vein valves allow blood to collect in the lower extremities rather than moving it up to the heart like they should. This blood pools and pressures the vein, forcing it to grow larger and often distorting its shape to create a thick and ropey varicose vein.
Certain factors increase your risk for developing varicose veins, including obesity, pregnancy, standing for extended periods, and lack of exercise.
Along with their unattractive physical appearance, varicose veins can cause a variety of physical issues in your feet and ankles, including:
In some cases, you might experience these symptoms as an early warning sign that varicose veins are developing.
Dr. Rhinehart recommends sclerotherapy for varicose veins in the feet and ankles. With this treatment, she injects a solution called a sclerosant directly into each affected vein.
The sclerosant irritates the inner vein walls, prompting scar formation. The new scars force your blood into other healthy veins and the varicose vein tissue eventually withers. You’ll eliminate the old vein tissue naturally over time. As that happens, your skin grows smooth and bump free.
In general, varicose veins treated with sclerotherapy diminish within a few weeks. For very prominent or large varicose veins, you may need a series of treatments and it could take a month or longer to see results.
There’s no need to live with prominent varicose veins in your feet and ankles. Call Francine Rhinehart, DPM, or click the online scheduler to arrange your consultation today.