What Are Your Tired Legs Telling You?

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Do your tired legs keep you from doing what matters most to you? If your lower limbs feel fatigued even after minimal exercise, they may be sending an SOS. Tired legs may be caused by a vein disorder that can be easily diagnosed and treated. However, if it’s left untreated, that disorder can progress into a serious condition.

“People often don’t associate tired legs with a health issue,” said Anil Kumar, MD, MRCP, FACC, RPVI, RPhS, Medical Director of the Vein Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott Valley. “In reality, tired legs may be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency.”

An estimated 40 percent of Americans may suffer from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. It’s most common in women – especially after multiple pregnancies – and in people who are middle-aged or older. CVI occurs when the venous walls and/or the valves in the leg’s veins have been damaged. This makes it difficult for blood to move from the legs to the heart and causes blood to pool above the ankles.

Pull On Compression Stockings

At the Vein Center, Dr. Kumar creates individual care plans to address CVI. Those plans include using compression stockings to promote better blood flow, reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. The team at the Vein Center can help you choose the right stockings to wear every day.

Vein Ablation for Vein Health

For some patients, Dr. Kumar recommends vein ablation, which closes the unhealthy vein and redirects the blood to a healthy vein. The Vein Center offers:

Dr. Kumar explains these procedures in this video, Minimally Invasive Solutions for Vein Disease.

A strong family history of varicose veins and her own vein disease drove Dawn Neveau to undergo ablation at the Vein Center.

“I experienced very little pain,” said Neveau. “It’s no more pain than when you have a cavity and you get a shot to numb your mouth. It’s just lickety-split and it’s done. I was able to do whatever I wanted after, with no limping or soreness.”

For more information about the Vein Center at YRMC, contact us at (928) 759-5890.