Foot and ankle surgeons do not treat spider or varicose veins, but your foot and ankle specialist should be accustomed to seeing varicose veins to provide early recognition and diagnosis. The team of foot and ankle physicians at the Foot and Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical are trained in diagnosing vascular conditions of the lower extremities. Many of the conditions podiatrists treat are interconnected with vein disease. Our team includes certified vascular specialists who, in conjunction with our foot and ankle specialists, can diagnose and also treat vascular disease.
Our foot and ankle specialists are trained for early recognition and diagnosis of venous insufficiency. With our colleagues at the Vein Specialist Centers (a division of One Oak Medical Group), expert and convenient care are provided under one roof for patients suffering from spider and varicose veins. The collaboration has been a welcome and distinguishing feature for patients at One Oak Medical and the Foot and Ankle Institute.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are abnormal diseased veins that present as enlarged, tortuous superficial veins on the legs. Spider veins and varicose veins often share a common underlying issue referred to as chronic venous insufficiency. As a sign of vein disease, early recognition of the problem is vital to prevent complications like venous eczema and ulceration.
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Chronic Venous Insufficiency occurs when valves stop working properly and prevent effective transport of blood back to the heart from the leg veins. This can be due to trauma, dilation, or congenital issues. As a result, blood tends to pool in the legs building up the pressure inside the veins. Over years this venous hypertension causes the veins to distend, bulge, and swell from the excess blood in the legs. During later stages, the skin can also develop venous eczema, discolor and develop ulcerations.
The most common cause of varicose veins is genetic inheritance. In fact, if one parent has varicose veins, there is a 50% chance of inheriting the condition. The severity of the disease can be influenced by obesity, smoking, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing.
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