Varicose Veins

Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center

Hermoz B. Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME

Podiatry located in Glendale, CA & Burbank, CA

Varicose veins that bulge in rope-like twists under your skin are not only unsightly, but they can also often be uncomfortable and in some cases painful. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center treat varicose veins at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive the best possible care for your varicose veins, including sclerotherapy and laser treatments, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are unsightly, bulging veins that look like blue or purple coils under the skin. This can happen to any vein, but varicose veins typically affect the legs more than anywhere else.

It’s possible to have varicose veins and for them to not cause any problems, but for many people, varicose veins are an uncomfortable and even painful condition. They can make your legs feel constantly achy, your skin might feel itchy too, and in severe cases, you could develop blood clots or ulcers because of a varicose vein.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins form due to a problem with the valves that regulate blood flow inside your blood vessels. The valves in your veins keep blood flowing in the right direction back toward your heart by preventing blood from going the wrong way.

If they weaken or suffer some form of damage and can’t seal the vein properly anymore, blood can leak back the wrong way. This blood then builds up and starts to pool in the vein, making the vein swell and bulge through your skin.

If your relatives have varicose veins, that increases your chance of having them. Certain additional risk factors increase your chances of developing varicose veins, such as being:

  • Female
  • Middle-aged or older
  • Pregnant
  • Obese or overweight
  • A smoker

Having a sedentary lifestyle and standing or sitting without moving for long periods can also make you more likely to develop varicose veins.

How are varicose veins treated?

As soon as you notice the first signs of varicose veins developing, it’s a good idea to look at any changes you could make that can help prevent them from getting any worse. For instance, do you need to lose weight or increase exercise? Compression stockings that help push the blood in the varicose veins back the right way are also helpful.

At Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center, the team uses two main approaches to treating varicose veins:

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a fluid into the affected veins that then forms a seal. This prevents blood flowing through the vein, so your body redirects the blood that normally flows through the varicose vein into other, healthy veins. Over the following weeks, the treated varicose veins break down and disappear.

Laser therapy

Laser therapy uses concentrated pulses of light to target the varicose vein. The light energy shrivels the varicose vein and seals it off, after which it gradually breaks down and fades away.

If you have varicose veins that need attention, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.