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Diabetic Wound Care Center


 

Varicose Veins  

Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that typically appear in your legs as you age. Varicose veins aren’t just aesthetically displeasing — they’re also painful and uncomfortable. When left untreated varicose veins can progress to a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Common causes of varicose veins include: 

Venous insufficiency develops when the valves stop working properly, causing blood to flow backward and pool in the lower legs.   

  • Have a family history of varicose veins
  • Don’t get enough exercise
  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Use tobacco
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have a history of leg injury or trauma

 

Common symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Burning
  • Leg pain
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness
  • Soreness

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Sclerotherapy  

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a foam medication into the affected superficial vein using a tiny butterfly needle. As with laser ablation, the foam irritates the vein, and it closes down, allowing the redirection of blood to healthier veins. 

Some common causes of chest pain include:    

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Injured ribs
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack

 

Risk factors associated with chest pain:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

If you have an underlying heart condition, Dr. Odiete designs a personalized treatment plan that suits your unique situation.

In most cases, major lifestyle changes are recommended to reduce your chances of chest pain in the future.

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Vein Ablation

Radiofrequency vein ablation, also called thermal vein closure, is a minimally invasive treatment used to eliminate unhealthy veins.

You may be a good candidate for vein ablation if you are experiencing the following:

  • Leg pain
  • Swelling in your ankles or legs
  • Skin discoloration and sensitivity
  • Formation of new varicose veins
  • Flaky, dry skin
  • Formation of stasis ulcers

With radiofrequency vein ablation, Dr. Ranson destroys your dysfunctional vein, which may prevent more severe circulation issues. 

 

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Thrombosis is a generic word for a blood clot. When you have deep vein thrombosis or DVT, the clot develops inside veins located deep in the center of your leg. The symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may appear so gradually you barely notice.

Top risk factors for developing DVT include:  

  • Prolonged inactivity (sitting for a long time or bedrest)
  • Vein damage due to an injury
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Hormone-containing medications
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

 

Common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis:

  • Leg pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness, warmth, and tenderness along the vein

If the condition goes untreated and the clot restricts blood flow, DVT may lead to a condition called chronic venous insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency can cause varicose veins and problems in your lower leg, such as skin rashes, discolored skin, and non-healing wounds.

 

Some treatment options for deep vein thrombosis:

  • Inferior vena cava filter
  • Thrombolytics
  • Blood thinners 

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