Vein Disease

Is My Leg Pain a Sign of Vein Issues?

If you have chronic leg pains, you may wonder if it is a sign that there is an underlying problem with your veins. While there are a number of conditions that can cause discomfort in your legs, there are some symptoms that point toward vein issues. Consider the following symptoms that may indicate venous disease. Dr. Rosen, a Chicago vein doctor, will be happy to share more information and offer an ideal solution to meet your needs. Superficial Venous Disease Could be the Root of Your Problems While many patients have varicose veins and spider veins, certain symptoms suggest an underlying issue with the superficial venous system. Common symptoms associated with superficial venous insufficiency include “tired legs” that feel more fatigued at the end of the day vs the morning. Other patients feel that their legs are heavier at the end of the day.  Frequent leg cramps can have many etiologies, but one of them is superficial vein disease. “Restless legs”…a feeling that you have to move your legs around…especially at night…in order to feel comfortable, may be due to underlying superficial vein disease. See Us About Leg Pain If chronic leg pain is troubling you and you are concerned about vein issues, make an appointment with a Chicago vein doctor who provides safe, effective and affordable care. Dr. Rosen will examine your symptoms and review your health records. If you do have vein issues, Dr. Rosen will recommend a safe, ideal treatment to help provide relief. At Rosen Vein Care, we come up with cost-effective and affordable plans to help our neighbors in the North Shore and Chicago areas resolve their vein issues. For expert vein care, call us today at 847-440-3448.

Varicose Veins Vs Spider Veins

Venous disease represents one of the most common medical problems. It often involves painful, bulging unsightly blue veins on the legs. Unfortunately, these problems won’t get better without treatment. Before searching for a Chicago vein clinic, let’s take a look at the two most common forms of superficial vein disease: spider veins and varicose veins. What are Spider Veins? When you see dilated veins near the surface of the skin that resemble a spider’s web, those are spider veins. An excess of pressure pressing against the vein walls stretches them out over time. They tend to be small but can often cluster together over a large area of skin. What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are larger veins that often have a rope-like appearance. Blood no longer streams in its normal upward direction. Instead, blood pools inside the vein. This leads to veins getting stretched out over time. If ignored for too long of a time, these veins can become quite large and twisty. Occasionally, these veins can lead to significant bleeding or blood clots. Talk to a Vein Doctor Who Cares About You While superficial vein disease is often thought of as an “aesthetic” or “cosmetic” problem, the reality for many patients is that varicose and spider veins cause discomfort…both physical and emotional. For that reason, you want to find a vein specialist who prides himself on providing expert care in the Chicago and North Shore area, a doctor who is sensitive in dealing with both the medical and aesthetic concerns of patients. At Rosen Vein Care, Dr. Rosen provides the ideal patient experience by personally spending an hour with each new patient. He makes sure that he understands his patients’ concerns to ensure that they are comfortable. Using his vast experience and knowledge, he will be happy to assess your needs before drafting an effective treatment plan. Watch this video and learn more about the Rosen Vein Care Difference. If you’re looking for spider vein treatment or varicose vein treatment in the Chicago area, call 847-272-8346 Rosen Vein Care now!

Recognizing Early Symptoms of Venous Disease

Vein disease can be sneaky. For some patients, the concept of having issues with their leg veins is obvious….huge, bulging, painful varicose veins. For a great many others, things can be a lot more subtle. In many cases, chronic superficial vein disease may be caused by a problem known as venous insufficiency: wrong way flow of blood in leg veins due to valve malfunction. This causes a buildup of blood that pools in leg veins, causing increased pressure or venous hypertension. Many of us around my vein clinic in the Chicago area can relate to this concept by thinking of our basements and sump pumps. I grew up on the North Side (Go Cubs) and remember the nearly yearly ritual of basement flooding. This is why I have no legacy of comic books and baseball cards to give my kids. What we didn’t have, but desperately needed, was a sump pump system. A pump to force flow upwards against gravity, pipes to carry the flow up and away and a one-way check valve to prevent flow from pooling straight back downward with gravity. G-d, Whom has not seen fit to bestow a world series victory on said Cubs for 108 years…has otherwise in His mercy bestowed on us a physiologic sump pump of sorts. Our calf muscles, as they contract and relax as we walk, serve as a peripheral heart pump. As the muscles contract, a force is generated that propels flow upward against gravity. Flow goes through “pipes”…superficial and deep veins. Such veins have a number of one-way check valves to prevent blood flow from pooling back in the “basement” of our legs. If the valves fail and allow downward flow…aka venous insufficiency…venous hypertension occurs. Unlike the obvious horror of a basement full of water, chronic superficial venous insufficiency is slowly progressive and insidious. So much so, that after many years patients often forget what their legs are SUPPOSED to feel like and instead get accustomed to a “new normal”: Pain in the legs that gets worse while standing and better when the feet are raised Leg cramps Throbbing […]

The Modern Approach To Vein Disease

Venous disease is one of the most common and bothersome conditions. It affects millions of Americans and can have a negative impact on the way legs feel and look. Effectively addressing vein disease requires assessing for and treating any lingering underlying causes as well as changes that occurred at the skin surface. Once any underlying issues are addressed, varicose veins and spider veins can be safely “cleaned up” by a process known as sclerotherapy. What is Sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy is a technique that involves gently and carefully injecting a safe, effective chemical into the troublesome veins and “convincing” the body to close them off and make them fade away over time. How Does Sclerotherapy Work? The chemicals used commonly across the world to treat varicose and spider veins cause a mild irritation within the vein which tells the body to close off the vein, scar it down and make it shrivel away slowly over the course of weeks to months. In expert hands such as Dr. Rosen, this procedure carries very low risk and is very well tolerated. Dr. Rosen’s technique is so gentle that patients NEVER require any local anesthetic to treat superficial spider and varicose veins! Don’t Let Vein Disease Progress The one thing that is for certain about vein disease is that it is in your best interest to treat it sooner rather than later. This is why you should always seek immediate treatment from a vein clinic, as a vein specialist will know how to properly handle each individual case. Contact Rosen Vein Care today to seek treatment for your venous problems. Dr Rosen will evaluate your unique needs, which in turn will allow us to use his expertise to form a safe and ideal treatment plan designed to solve your vein issues efficiently, safely, comfortably, effectively and affordably!