Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy and healthy

In 2014, our year-end blog post was the testimonial of a happy patient whose quality of life was markedly improved by venous treatment. It was such a nice way to end the year that we’re doing it again!

I am a freelance creative professional, so I’m always on my feet, and as an active person I’m always on the go. Before I went to Dr. Cindy, I had a vein on my leg that was so gnarly and huge that it looked like a topographical map on my leg. I sought treatment because I was also experiencing cramping in my calves that was so severe I couldn’t run or swim nearly as much as I used to.

After I got an ablation on both legs, I started to see improvements in symptoms that I never even knew were related to my vein problems. Not only did my leg cramps go away, my feet stopped hurting and swelling up like balloons. My shoe size went down half a size—and I have ankles again! I have new legs as far as I’m concerned. I don’t tire as quickly, I have more endurance, and I have more cardio, which is surprising to me. I didn’t know how much better I could feel.” – Nathan E., 41, Portland, ME
To read more stories about satisfied patients, click here to read “Perspectives: Real Cases of Vein Treatment.”  Dr. Asbjornsen and all of us at the Vein Healthcare Center wish you a healthy holiday and a brilliant new year. See you in 2016!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

High heels and crossed legs

High-heeled shoes are often associated with bad veins, but have you ever wondered why? It’s all about the ability to move the ankle, also known as ankle motility. The calf muscle acts as a pump to push blood against gravity from the feet and legs, back up to the heart.

If the ankle does not have full range of motion, it is considered an independent risk factor for venous disease. When one is wearing high heels, the calf muscle cannot be fully extended, which decreases its power within the pumping mechanism. 

In a similar vein (sorry!) many patients at the Vein Healthcare Center have asked if crossing their legs causes varicose veins. The answer is: we don’t currently know. There is no research supporting this claim, but anecdotally, Dr. Asbjornsen will occasionally see a patient who crosses one leg over the other and experiences issues with her or his small saphenous, a vein that begins at the back of the knee and extends down the backside of the leg. Continuous pressure on this vein may damage the valves, or at least impede flow, which could create permanent damage. 

To learn more about risk factors for vein disease, including environmental risks, feel free to explore the Vein Healthcare Center’s website, or request an appointment online. Or if you’d like to talk with someone in person, call us at 207-221-7799. We look forward to hearing from you!