5 Ways to Promote Healthy Veins and Blood Circulation

5 Ways to Promote Healthy Veins and Blood Circulation

Vein disease doesn’t happen in isolation. There are a number of lifestyle factors that can contribute to having poor blood circulation and the risk of developing varicose veins. If you’ve been diagnosed with venous insufficiency or another circulatory issue, below are five ways you can promote healthy veins and blood circulation to prevent the development…

Working From Home During COVID-19? Tips on Staying Healthy and Active

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With the spread of COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitizer, thousands of Australians are now working from home, or self-isolating, and adjusting to a lot more time away from a traditional workspace. Although the couch or coffee table can feel comfortable at first, not having an ergonomic workspace can…

Does Crossing Your Legs Cause Varicose Veins?

Woman crossing legs in high heels

Varicose veins are known for their swollen, bulging appearance, and they affect 1 in 3 Australians. Even though they are extremely common it is not always clear how, or why, they develop. And while there are some health and lifestyle factors which can be directly linked to varicose veins, there are also some myths. Does…

Varicose Veins in Feet and Ankles

Varicose veins in feet and ankles

Although varicose veins are most commonly associated with legs and calves, the underlying cause of the condition – venous insufficiency – can affect your feet and ankles as well. It’s a common issue experienced by thousands of people, and it manifests as twisted, swollen veins in the lower extremities. Varicose veins (and spider veins –…

Preventing Varicose Veins On Long Haul Travel

Woman standing and holding her stroller bag on an airport, which is the header image of the blog

If you’re at risk of developing varicose veins – whether it’s due to your family history or other factors – some good medical advice doctors can give you is to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. But what if you have no choice in the matter? Perhaps you travel long distances for work,…

Non-Medical Options for Managing Varicose Veins

Non-medical treatment of varicose veins

Approximately 20 percent of the adult population will develop varicose veins. And often patients tell us they are looking for non-medical options. Either because they are not ready for medical treatment. Or a doctor has advised that their varicose veins are not causing immediate concern, therefore medical treatment can be delayed. However, this doesn’t mean…

Vulvar Varicosities: How to Manage Varicose Veins of the Vulva

Pregnancy and varicose veins

Pregnant women don’t often speak about vulvar varicosities, or vulva varicose veins. But they should. It is estimated that between 4 percent and 10 percent of women will develop vulvar varicose veins during pregnancy, although the actual figure is most likely to be much higher with many women not developing any symptoms, or being too…

Varicose Vein Symptoms

Woman with sore legs

Although knowing the exact cause of your varicose veins can be difficult to pinpoint, many of the symptoms will cause significant discomfort and are therefore much easier to identify. If you are experiencing any aching, heaviness or swelling in your legs – there is a chance your symptoms are due to varicose veins. First, what…

Varicose Veins in Pregnancy: Tips for Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment

Pregnant woman doing yoga

Varicose veins during pregnancy are quite common. In fact, up to half of pregnant women will get varicose veins and they tend to intensify with each subsequent pregnancy. The condition is often hereditary — if your mother or father had them it’s possible you may experience them too. The prevalence of varicose veins in pregnancy…

Can Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment?

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The chances of your varicose veins coming back after treatment depends on the type of treatment you had. For example, endovenous ablation is proven to be excellent  at treating varicose veins, with very successful long term results. The likelihood of veins coming back from the vein that has been treated is very low, between 2…

Do Men Suffer From Varicose Veins?

Healthy Veins on Male

Men’s Leg Health: almost 30 percent of Australian men suffer from varicose veins. Often when young men think of varicose veins, they think of their Mum or Grandma. And with pregnancy, the contraceptive pill and menopause high among the possible causes, it’s easy to see why there is a misconception that varicose veins only effect…

Damaged Vein Valves and How They Impact Your Health

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When your vein valves are functioning properly you don’t even know they’re there. But when they are damaged, a condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) can occur. If you’ve ever wondered what causes varicose veins, it’s most likely due to CVI, a type of vein disorder where the vein valves in your legs become damaged,…

Exercise and Varicose Veins: Here’s What you Need to Know

Exercise and stretching can help reduce pain from varicose veins

Vein doctors are often asked by their patients about exercise – can exercise help reduce, or cure, varicose veins? Or does exercise make varicose veins even worse?  If you already suffer from varicose veins then there are exercises which may ease your symptoms, however unfortunately exercise alone cannot cure varicose veins. For those looking for…

Treating Spider Veins vs Treating Varicose Veins

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Treatment of veins has advanced over the last decade, the treatments offered by Australia’s leading vein specialists are using laser to treat both spider veins and varicose veins. So how are each of the laser treatments different? There are a few types of laser treatments your vein specialist will recommend, depending on the type and…

Difference between a Phlebologist, Vein Specialist and Vascular Surgeon

Doctor inspecting leg veins

When seeking any medical treatment, it is important to know your doctor is qualified. As there are a few types of doctors in Australia who treat varicose veins, it’s therefore important to understand their experience, qualifications and capability. A starting point might be to look at: Specialty of the doctor, Level of training in the…

What is Phlebitis?

Three doctors looking at ultrasound results

Phlebitis, a serious venous inflammation, is caused when the blood vessel walls are damaged. This damage can be caused by injury, trauma or infection to your veins. Unlike varicose veins, which occur in your legs, phlebitis can occur in your arms also. The condition can cause pain and irritation, as it prevents proper circulation. Varicose…

Can Essential Oils Treat Varicose Veins?

Essential oils

Those who suffer from the discomfort of varicose veins have no doubt looked for an alternative treatment to surgery. A popular choice to ease the symptoms are essential oils, but do they treat varicose veins?  The underlying cause of varicose veins are faulty valves, which fail to push the blood from your legs to your heart…

Is Surgery the Only Option for Varicose Veins?

Doctors performing varicose vein surgery

If you have varicose veins, you’ve likely heard about stripping, the traditional method of surgery to remove varicose veins. Stripping, for a long time, was considered the most effective way to remove varicose veins, despite the recovery time required. The procedure has been performed for over a century, but has continuously developed with the advancements…

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins – Recognizing the Difference

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While spider veins and varicose veins have some similarities, they also have some distinct differences. They can both make people feel self conscious and prevent you from looking your best. But there are also some important differences between the two conditions that you should be aware of. Differences Varicose Veins Large 4-5 mm in diameter…

7 Common myths about varicose vein causes

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Are you concerned about varicose veins? Have you heard conflicting advice? There is a lot of different information available and understandably, it can all get a bit confusing. Considering that varicose veins will affect an estimated 20% of all adults at some point in their lives, its time to put some of the misconceptions to…

Could Your Job Be Increasing Your Varicose Veins Risk?

Hairdressers fixing their clients' hair which shows they are at risk of developing varicose veins due to always standing and it can be treated at The Vein Institute.

    There are many factors can increase your risk for varicose veins. The most important of these are heredity (having a family history of vein disease), age (being over 50), gender (women are more at risk than men), pregnancy, and being overweight. But did you know that one of the things that can greatly…

How Are Varicose Veins Are Different To Normal Veins?

A woman on a seashore splashing the sea water. A featured image of The Vein Institute blog page and describes how varicose veins are different to normal veins.

  Often times when people have varicose veins, the thing they are most worried about is their appearance. The real concern, as most doctors know, is actually the health issues that can occur. If left untreated, varicose veins will not only continue to be unsightly and painful, but may also develop into a medical risk.…

Varicose Veins and Long-Haul Travel – Know the Risks

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Australians love to travel, in 2018 alone over 10.5 million intrepid travellers left our shores to explore the globe.  And given the long distances that separate Australia from other countries, most of these travellers face long haul travel times, during which they will be sitting immobile in possibly cramped seats.       Today’s smaller…

Can Leg Pain Be Caused by Varicose Veins?

Woman on a couch squeezing her leg showing that she is suffering from leg pain caused by varicose veins which can be treated at The Vein Institute.

Many patients come to see us at The Vein Institute complaining about chronic leg pain. Upon examination, we often find that their legs are covered with varicose veins. But when we ask, “Have you ever considered the possibility that varicose veins may be the cause of your leg pain?” the answers is always the same:…