For some people, varicose veins (also known as spider veins) can put a damper on summer fun.  These large twisted veins are very close to the skin, making them stand out on the feet and ankles.  Many people with this condition choose to avoid wearing shorts and sandals to hide their varicose veins.

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What are Varicose Veins?

As blood passes through your body and reaches your feet, normal healthy veins are able to pump blood back up towards your heart because of valves.  These valves prevent the blood from following gravity and pooling in your feet.  Veins become varicose when their valves stop working properly.  Blood begins to pool and pressure increases in your feet and ankles.  The veins further weaken, get larger, and curl up.

How common are Varicose Veins?

It has been estimated that 3 in 100 people will suffer from varicose veins.  Although you can get varicose veins anywhere in your body, they are commonly found in the feet and ankles.

Do I Need Medical Treatment for my Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are usually just a cosmetic problem.  However, some people can have symptoms such as:

  • Dull, burning, aching pain
  • Itching over the veins
  • Heaviness of the feet and ankles
  • Swelling
  • Changes in color of the skin around the veins
  • Open sores


What are the Treatment Options for my Varicose Veins?

Treatment options include:

  • Exercise
  • Compression Stockings
  • Chemical Injections
  • Laser Therapy
  • Referral to a Vascular Surgeon

Don’t let your summer be ruined by varicose veins.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Schlam at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists  in Wappingers Falls, for a foot and ankle exam, and a fuller explanation of varicose veins.  You can click here to set up the appointment or call (845) 298 – 9074 today.

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Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
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