Swollen, achy legs can seriously affect your day-to-day activity and quality of life. At Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, vascular specialist Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad can evaluate your symptoms and determine if venous insufficiency causes them. If you live in Trenton, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, call his office or book online to be evaluated and treated, so you resume better function and feeling in your legs.
While occasionally feeling tired in your legs can be a result of a hard day on your feet, chronic sensations of swelling and aching can indicate another problem. If you have no injuries, Dr. Ahmad considers venous insufficiency as a possible problem.
With venous insufficiency, the one-way valves in the veins that bring blood back to your heart to become faulty, which causes the blood to pool and collect in your legs instead. This condition causes burning and heavy feelings in your legs, often accompanied by puffy varicose veins and visible webs of spider veins.
Noninvasive treatments to restore good feeling in your legs include compression therapy in combination with radiofrequency energy.
You’re first encouraged to take simple, conservative steps to reduce your leg pain. These include weight loss, dietary changes, and increased physical activity. Wearing support stockings can also go a long way in alleviating pain and leg fatigue.
These conservative treatments do reduce your symptoms but do not remove the varicose veins or cure your venous insufficiency.
If you have severe swelling in your legs with itching and changes in the pigment of the skin, you may benefit from daily lymphedema pump therapy, which is also called IPC therapy. The intermittent pneumatic compression therapy involves placing cuffs around your legs that fill with air and squeeze your legs to encourage circulation and help prevent blood clots. The cuffs alternate filling with air and compressing to help blood return to the heart, and then deflating to allow oxygen-rich blood to flow into your legs.
IPC therapy is usually a recommendation when removal of varicose and spider veins doesn’t alleviate your leg swelling and pain.
Radiofrequency ablation is another treatment for symptomatic varicose veins that cause pain and swelling. Dr. Ahmad performs VNUS Closure, also known as endovenous radiofrequency ablation or occlusion, in the comfort of the office at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center.
Dr. Ahmad inserts a small VNUS ClosureFAST™ catheter into the problematic vein, which delivers a controlled amount of heat to the vein wall, so it seals shut. Your body reroutes blood to healthier veins when the weak ones are inactivated.
Recovery is quick and consists of wearing compression stockings for several days. You can usually resume regular daily activity the day following treatment but may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a week or so.
If you have swollen legs that feel fatigued and heavy, call Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center or book an appointment online.