Spring is here, and it’s a wonderful time to get outside and take a walk, enjoy the sunshine and observe the flowers coming out of hibernation. April is Foot Health Awareness month, and Dr. Robert Handley of the Flower Mound Vein Center near Dallas, TX, is helping to educate people about good foot health, so that all are able to enjoy the spring to its fullest.
What to Do to Maintain Optimal Foot Health
One of the best ways to maintain excellent foot and leg health is to stay active and eat a well-balanced diet now that the weather is better, it’s a great time to take walks and enjoy the outdoors. You may already know that inactivity is one of the biggest contributors to overweight, obesity and chronic diseases, but did you also know that being sedentary can contribute to the development of spider veins, varicose veins, and even dangerous blood clots? These conditions occur because inactivity can result in venous insufficiency, or an inability of your veins to transport blood adequately throughout the body. If the walls and valves of your veins become weak, blood can pool in the legs leading to bulging vein problems from the ankles all the way up the legs. So take advantage of this time of year to resolve to take a 30-minute walk each day, which can prevent these problems and many others related to physical inactivity.
My Feet and Legs Are Swollen – What Should I Do?
If your feet and legs regularly swell, you should consider having a reputable varicose vein doctor assess your venous health. You may have vein problems deep beneath the skin that you cannot see. Although spider veins and varicose veins may seem like mere cosmetic problems, they can have some serious long-term consequences such as ulcers, which are quite difficult to treat. There is also the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots developing in the legs. If a blood clot breaks loose and travels to the heart or lungs, it can be deadly. While many people with DVT experience no symptoms at all, swelling in the feet and legs is one possible clue to the condition.
The good news is that a venous health examination by a leading vein doctor such as Dr. Handley is quick and painless. We can advise you on conservative methods of dealing with leg and foot swelling, as well as minimally invasive varicose vein and spider vein treatments. We’ll also do a screening for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to ensure your health is not at risk.
Can My Podiatrist Help Me Find a Vein Specialist?
Absolutely. You’ll want to work with your podiatrist and ask some important questions of potential leading vein doctors, such as their training and qualifications and how equipped their center is to treat the entire range of vein diseases. These days, you should be able to have your venous health evaluated, diagnosed and any treatments performed at one convenient location, on an outpatient basis. The days of hospital visits and extensive recovery times are over. The center you choose should be fully equipped to perform sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT treatment) by a laser expert. Finally, you should feel comfortable that the varicose vein treatment facility you choose has your needs and concerns first in mind, and that the vein specialists will address both your health worries and your aesthetic concerns.
Dr. Handley and his team would like the chance to meet you and answer any questions you have about your foot and leg health. If you are in the Flower Mound, TX area, please give us a call to schedule a consultation.