Painful swollen leg veins-thrombophlebitis

You may have varicose veins / swollen leg veins for decades and they have not troubled you at all apart from the odd funny stares you get when you are out in shorts. Then out of nowhere, the swollen veins become hardened and extremely painful and tender to touch. The area around the swollen veins … Continue reading

May 7, 2011

Don’t i need those veins?

There are many ways to treat varicose veins. But they are all base on the premise that the distended vein is bad and should be removed completely or closed up. The former is achieved by surgically stripping the vein off whereas the later is done either by laser or injection sclerotherapy. So it is natural … Continue reading

August 22, 2010

Frequent high heel cause varicose veins?

This is a fairly controversial topic. There are no scientific studies to prove or disprove this hypothesis. However I personally think that wearing too much high heels can make your varicose veins worse. When you are wearing heels >4 cm high, your use much less calf muscle when you are walking. Since calf muscle pumping … Continue reading

August 16, 2010

Does frequent exercise cause varicose vein

I am frequently asked by my patients whether frequent exercises will aggravate or cause varicose veins. The answer is no. On the contrary, walking and running is actually better for the health of your veins. The reason is that during walking and running, our calf muscles are actively pumping blood back to the heart. This … Continue reading

August 13, 2010

Tips on preventing Varicose Veins

For those who are prone due to genetic predisposition, I don’t think varicose veins can be prevented totally. However, by following a few simple tips, we can delay or slow down the onset as well as its progressions. Don’t stand or sit for prolonged period of time. If you are sitting for a long time, … Continue reading

May 12, 2010

Treatment of varicose veins: A study of patient preferences

THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS: AN INVESTIGATION OF PATIENT PREFERENCES AND EXPECTATIONS. Phlebology. 2010;25(2):54-65. Shepherd AC, Gohel MS, Lim CS, Hamish M, Davies AH. Imperial Vascular Unit, Imperial College, London, UK. This study investigates factors that are considered important by patients when they are contemplating treatment. A total 110 patients were asked to answer questions … Continue reading

May 7, 2010

Should I treat my varicose veins

In my daily practice in The Vein Clinic, I probably get asked this question about 4-5 times a day. Most people tend to think of varicose veins as a purely cosmetic problem with no medical relevance. They will usually not seek treatment unless it has developed significant complication like bleeding or leg ulceration. Another reason … Continue reading

April 20, 2010