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We Treat More Than Varicose Veins

When people think of vein problems, they tend to only think of varicose veins and that vein problems are purely cosmetic. We are here to inform you that vein disease is actually much more than varicose veins. Vein disease, or venous reflux, can cause a broad range of symptoms and varicose veins are just one of many. While most people, including doctors, think vein problems are purely cosmetic, the vast majority of people suffering from vein disease have medically significant symptoms and simply do not know that venous reflux could be the root cause of their grief. With the exception of spider veins and varicose veins that cause no other problems, every symptom listed below is medically significant and can absolutely be caused by vein disease. Even if you only have one of the symptoms listed below you may have venous reflux disease. A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have this treatable vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare.

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Leg/Ankle Swelling

One of the most common causes of leg and ankle swelling is venous reflux. Why is this? The human body, including our blood, is about 60-65% water. If the valves in our veins get weak blood begins to collect and pool in our lower legs, pressure builds, and water that normally would be absorbed remains in our legs. This pressure also causes water to be pushed out of our vessels into the legs increasing swelling. In general, when you elevate your legs or when you sleep the swelling improves and the legs may look more normal in the morning, but once you get up and either drive or stand or sit for a while does the swelling return? If you press on your lower leg or ankle for a few seconds do you leave an indention where your finger or thumb once was? These are very good indications that you may be suffering from vein reflux, a treatable vein problem.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Leg Swelling


Leg Pain and Cramping

Venous reflux is a common cause of leg pain and cramping. When the valves in the veins get weak or damaged, blood begins to pool in the legs causing increased pressure. Not only can this pressure by itself cause pain, but this also can limit the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to our muscles. This restricted supply of oxygen and nutrition can lead to pain, aching, and “Charlie horses” in the legs, especially when you try to relax or go to sleep.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Skin Darkening and Discoloration

Skin Darkening

Venous reflux can cause the skin of the foot, ankle, and leg to start to darken and turn brown or rust colored. In advanced cases the skin can even begin to look very dark brown or black. This staining of the skin occurs when the valves in the veins become weak, blood pools in the veins and pressure increases (Venous Reflux). Red blood cells get pushed out of the veins into the skin where the body chews them up and releases a product called hemosiderin that basically stains the skin from the inside out. If venous reflux is left untreated the darkening spreads and gets worse and can lead to serious medical issues, like skin breaking down and open skin wounds.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

If the valves in veins become weakened or damaged, blood pools inside the vein and pressure increases. This increased pressure causes the veins to enlarge and makes them more noticeable on the skin surface. Large, bulging, twisting veins are commonly called varicose veins. These visible veins can be a sign of vein disease below the skin.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Open Skin Ulcers Or Wounds that Won’t Heal

If left untreated, venous reflux can lead to significant skin issues on the legs including open sores and wounds that won’t heal, especially on the calf, ankle or foot. The pressure that builds inside damaged veins in the legs prevents good oxygen and nutrition flow into the skin causing skin death and breakdown along with delayed healing. Sometimes these wounds can heal over extended periods of time, or with the help of wound care professionals, only to come back within a couple weeks to months. This is because the underlying problem, venous reflux, was never addressed. Venous reflux can now be diagnosed and treated with little to no pain or downtime. Call 817-795-VEIN (8346) and ask for a complimentary consult with a certified vein disease specialist.

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Restless Legs

Venous reflux can cause feelings of throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them. This is commonly referred to as “Restless Legs” or “Restless Leg Syndrome.” Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can get worse during the night even waking a person from sleep. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort, but only temporarily. If venous reflux is an underlying cause of the restlessness, treating the vein disease can reduce and even sometimes completely eliminate the restless leg symptoms.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Leg Throbbing/Aching

Regardless of age it is not normal for a person to have throbbing or aching in the legs that limits activity or simply is a regular thorn in a person’s quality of life. Venous reflux is a known cause of leg pain, aching and throbbing that gets worse over time and is easily diagnosed and elegantly treatable. If you have regular leg pain for no apparent reason, or aching and throbbing that affects your quality of life, you may suffer from vein disease in the legs.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Leg Fatigue and Heaviness

Do your legs get tired more quickly with normal activity or exercise? Do you feel like someone put ankle weights on you or your legs feel like you’re wearing concrete shoes and you have to just drag them around? If so you may be suffering from common symptoms related to venous reflux.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Neuropathy

Neuropathy in the legs can have a wide range of symptoms. People suffering from neuropathy may describe sensations of burning, tingling, numbness, “pins and needles”, or feeling “like my leg is asleep”. Untreated venous reflux can contribute to these symptoms. The increased pressure that develops in the legs from venous reflux denies our nerves the oxygen and nutrition they need to function, damaging them and causing them to malfunction. Treatment of the underlying vein disease may allow the nerve to heal and help restore normal function, reducing symptoms.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Skin Breaking Down and Texture Changes

Untreated venous reflux can lead to significant problems in the skin and tissue of the leg, especially around the foot, ankle and calf. For some the skin can start to get shiny, feel tight and be super sensitive to pressure or touch. For others the skin and tissue may get thicker and rough, like the skin of an alligator or elephant. Even others may notice the skin get flaky and cracked or have some combination of multiple types of skin changes or breakdown. Regardless of what changes happen, all are signs of something happening deeper in the leg and none of them are “normal aging”. If venous reflux is part of the problem and goes untreated the issues in the legs will get worse.

Why does the skin start to break down? Untreated vein disease causes pressure to build in the leg and blood to pool instead of returning back to the heart efficiently. This pressure and old blood prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the skin. When the skin no longer gets the nutrients it needs, the tissue begins to die. In short, your leg is slowly suffocating and dying. With the tissue deteriorating the likelihood of developing an open skin wound is high. Your quality of life will be compromised if this medical condition is not addressed.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Skin Break Down


Itching and Burning

Feelings of itching or burning in the legs can sometimes be the first sign that something is not right in the veins of your legs. Even if you do not have visible vein issues, you can still suffer from Venous Reflux Disease. The pressure that builds in the vessels and tissues of the legs because of venous reflux can cause a whole spectrum symptoms including itching and burning in the legs.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Night Cramps

Do you have cramps or “Charlie Horses” that prevent you from relaxing or getting to sleep at night? Do you ever get awakened from blissful sleep by pain and cramping in your legs that just jolts you awake or awakens your loved ones? If so you may be suffering from Venous Reflux Disease, a common cause of these exact problems in the legs. The great news is Venous Reflux is treatable with little to no pain or downtime.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a certified vein specialist.

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Spider Veins

The smaller “spider web” looking veins on the skin surface are appropriately called spider veins. Although not attractive, they typically do not cause significant medical problems. They can sometimes sting, itch or burn and will spread and darken if not treated.

You have questions? We have answers! Unfortunately, the treatment of spider veins is not covered by insurance. We have multiple cosmetic packages available. Please call to schedule your cosmetic consult and see which treatment package is best for you by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346).

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