Bulging or discolored veins in your legs, just below the skin's surface, are varicose or spider veins that can be painful and uncomfortable.
Vein treatments, available for varicose and spider veins, can soothe swelling, diminish pain or improve looks. To learn more, attend the Clinic's Vein Screening Day on July 31 at Marshfield Clinic Marshfield Center, 1000 N. Oak Ave.
Free vein screenings are available for people age 25 and older from 8 a.m. to noon in the Clinic's Vascular Laboratory Department. The screening is an abbreviated vein screening test, which takes about 15 minutes and uses simple, noninvasive ultrasound techniques.
A limited number of screenings are available and appointments are required. Call 715-387-5554 or 800-782-8581, ext. 7-5554, to schedule an appointment. Walk-in appointments are not accepted.
While rarely considered a serious health concern, varicose and spider veins can cause a variety of medical problems include aching, throbbing, swelling, sores or rashes, bleeding and thickening of the skin. They can cause enough discomfort to interfere with daily activities. Veins can become ulcerous, a condition that requires prompt treatment.
Ways to reduce the risk of getting varicose and spider veins include:
- Exercise and staying active.
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Treatment options for varicose and spider veins include injections, laser and vein removal.
"By participating in the Vein Screening Day, people can quickly learn in-office treatments are available for removal of painful and unsightly varicose veins," said Dr. Ronnie Word, the Clinic's Vascular Laboratory medical director.
The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education in more than 50 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.