Entries by Brian

What is Causing Your Swollen Legs?

Leg swelling is caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues, and is known as peripheral edema. Peripheral edema can be caused by a problem with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, or the kidneys. It is estimated that approximately 4.4 million people in USA suffer from some type of edema.

What are Perforator Veins?

When we perform a mapping ultrasound of our patients at Lakeshore Veins , we often find connections between the deep and superficial veins systems of the legs.  We discuss the meaning of perforator veins, answering the most common questions.  Perforators are normal, but also can lead to trouble in the person with Venous Insufficiency.

What is Compression Therapy?

Compression therapy has been used to treat chronic venous disease since ancient times, with the earliest recording found in the Corpus Hippocraticum (450–350 BC). It remains the cornerstone component in the management of both venous and lymphatic disease.

Does Crossing Your Legs Cause Spider Veins?

Unfortunately, spider veins are unavoidable, with more than half of all women in the U.S. affected by them. However, if you’ve ever been told that crossing your legs will cause spider veins, rest assured, this information falls into the medical myths category. Crossing your legs is not one of the causes of this vascular problem. Spider veins and varicose […]

Venous Ulcers vs Arterial Ulcers

Perhaps you have noticed someone wearing a compression wrap and wondered what that was for.  The compression wraps as you see in the picture are generally used to treat venous ulcers.  Many people understand they have a problem with their circulation but do not understand why.  The differences between venous ulcers and arterial ulcers are […]

Varicose Vein Pain Relief is Available

Greater than 20 percent of women and seven percent of men suffer from venous disease in the United States.  The common symptoms of varicose vein include aching pain, swelling and itching in the legs.  In the past, invasive surgery was required to remove them. Varicose veins are veins that become swollen and large — often […]

The Importance of Properly Fitting Support Stockings

Compression stockings are a type of sock you wear to help prevent blood from pooling in your legs. When fitted properly, graduated compression stockings use pressure to enhance blood flow velocity and reduce the tendency of blood to coagulate. However, proper sizing and compression selection by a vein doctor is a universal must for the stockings to be […]

Can Varicose Veins Cause Blood Clots?

Varicose veins (e.g. tangled, swollen blood vessels visible beneath the skin’s surface) are not simply a cosmetic issue. Sometimes they can have negative health implications, too. But can a varicose vein really cause a blood clot? Varicose veins are caused when the tiny valves in the vein that push blood along begin to weaken, leak […]

Varicose Vein Risk Factors

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue knot-like cords. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. The following factors increase your risk of developing varicose veins: