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  • 27 Jan 15
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Vein Problems Can Cause Swollen Legs And Ankles- Here Are Two Simple Tips To Help Reduce Swelling

Both the smaller spider veins and well as the larger rope like varicose veins can cause discomfort and leg distention also known as edema. Read on to see what the doctors at the Shulman Vein and Laser Center of New York and Long Island suggest to help your vein problems.

Keep Moving….

The first and least difficult thing to do is to remain active. Every time you walk, you are squeezing the muscles in your legs and also contracting the leg veins so blood can be pushed back towards the heart.  Often we find leg vein patients even tell us that they feel better with walking then just standing in one place.  This simple act of walking can help provide relief from swollen legs, feet, and ankles as well as the symptoms of throbbing and achiness.

This has benefits even beyond the health of your veins as physical activity is known to reduce hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease to name just a few of the perks.


Mind Your Pants…..

The clothes you wear below the waist also can be causing excessive fluid to collect in the legs. If very tight stockings or the overly tight bottoms of outfits like gym pants are to tight (below the level of the waist) they may be acting like tourniquets and actually adding to the fluid buildup.  An easy way to imagine this is to think of what happens when a tourniquet is put on your arm to draw blood.  The overly restrictive and compressive band, easily compresses the veins and blood flow in them is restricted.  This stagnation of venous blood flow often  leads to leg enlargement.

Its also important to understand that support hose may help reduce the distention in the legs but its very important that they fit well and help ‘push’ blood back upwards from the legs.  Good fitting support hose have been described as ‘ice cream cone like’- tighter at the bottom and looser further up the leg.

If you suffer from leg swelling and live in the New York CIty or Long Island area your veins and the their condition can be evaluated at the  Shulman Vein and Laser Center by the Dr.s Shulman.   They and their medical team perform throught evaluations of the legs and veins and can explain if and how they can help your situation

About Lee Shulman MD

Dr. Lee G. Shulman M.D. was one of the very first physicians to be invited to take the board certification exam in Phlebology (the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders), and even has the board certification certificate number #00045.

He was also done original work, being the first physician to ever lecture on the treatment of hand veins for cosmetic improvement, and the treatment of patients taking the blood thinner Coumadin. Dr. Shulman has been a member of the American College of Phlebology, the North American Society of Phlebology, the American Registry For Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the American College of Angiology, the American Medical Association, and the New York State Medical Society.

Dr. Shulman has volunteered and gone to Mexico as a medical missionary with the Hackett Hemwall Foundation treating varicose veins and ulcerations in an indigent patient population on the outskirts of Guadalajara Mexico.

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