Do your legs feel tired a lot?
By Dr. Ralph Carullo
Leg fatigue can be normal, especially if you’re very active. However, if you find that your legs feel tired more often or more quickly than usual, it could be a sign of underlying venous disease, even if you cannot see visible varicose veins, spider veins, or leg swelling (lymphedema).
If Your Legs Feel Tired, It Could Be Venous Disease
If it’s leg day at the gym and your legs feel tired afterward, that’s completely normal. However, if you’re active and notice your legs feel tired, achy, or heavy after very little exertion, you definitely want to schedule an appointment at Carullo Vein Center of Las Vegas.
Why Your Legs Feel Tired with Venous Disease
Leg fatigue, pain, and heaviness are common with venous disease such as varicose veins. With varicose veins, the veins and valves within them are weakened. This creates difficulties with blood circulation back up to the heart. As the veins struggle, blood pools in the affected vein. This causes bulging, heaviness, and soreness. Varicose veins are sometimes visible but not always, as the deep vein may be affected. Invisible symptoms such as leg fatigue may be present, but visible symptoms like spider veins can also give clues about underlying varicose veins.
How Varicose Veins Affect Overall Health
Varicose veins are more than bulging veins that make your legs feel tired, and it can affect other aspects of your life like playing sports, working out, going for a walk, but varicose veins and the discomfort that come with them can negatively affect endurance. This is very common among my active patients. Varicose veins can get in the way of your game, keeping you from the activities you enjoy the most.
Visible veins also have an impact on confidence. Many patients who come see me tell me, “I just want to be able to wear shorts again.” Confidence to show off your legs while also feeling comfortable during the summer months are both very important for your well-being.
How I Help Patients
Venous disease requires a multi-faceted approach. At Carullo Vein Center of Las Vegas, we screen every patient to determine the extent of their venous disease. With this knowledge in hand, I create a treatment plan, which includes lifestyle changes and non-surgical, minimally invasive in-office treatments.
I encourage all of my patients to:
- exercise regularly
- maintain a healthy weight
- avoid high-heels and restrictive clothing
- wear compression hosiery
- practice leg elevation every day
To the surprise of many patients, these lifestyle changes improve symptoms and quality of life to a large degree.
Walk in and out Treatments with Little-to-No Downtime
We offer many non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures to treat and remove varicose veins, spider veins, and leg swelling/lymphedema. With many advances in technology just in the last 20 years, you have options, helping you avoid the vein stripping procedures your parents and grandparents told you about. Our procedures include methods such as:
- Endovenous thermal ablation, catheter-based radiofrequency (RF) or laser energy (EVLT) is used close the vein
- Venaseal medical grade glue is injected in the varicose vein to seal the refluxing vein
- Varithena the varicosed vein is closed with ultrasound guided foam sclerosant
- sclerotherapy, a sclerosing agent is injected to painlessly irritate and close spider veins
- Cutaneous laser for difficult to treat spider veins on the legs
All of the above treatments are performed in our office under local anesthesia. Oral sedatives may be used to help you remain at ease during the procedure. General anesthesia is not required, nor is a costly surgical suite or hospital stay.
Choosing a Vein Specialist
Traditionally, the treatment of varicose veins meant a surgical procedure. However, with the introduction of portable office-based ultrasound technology and endovenous vein ablation techniques (treating the vein from the inside with a catheter), things have changed. The surgical scalpel and vein stripping have been replaced with minimally invasive procedures, done under local anesthesia, moving the procedures from the operating room to the office setting.
Dr. Ralph Carullo is a diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, and a phlebologist with years of experience. The decision on who provides your vein care is important. If you want an innovator in the field with years of experience and who has performed over thousands of vein procedures, Carullo Vein Center of Las Vegas is a great choice. Dr. Carullo is committed to excellence in vein care.
7580 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117