Varicose veins may be a sign of a more serious issue

Summer tends to be a busy time of year for most people, especially moms – school is out and vacations are in full swing. With more time spent outside and on the go, busy women often brush off nagging leg aches and pains as nothing more than a long day on their feet.

But consider this – more than 30 million Americans, predominantly women who have been pregnant, have varicose veins. This condition happens when the valves in leg veins no longer function, resulting in pooling blood in the legs. People often assume these blue, red or flesh-colored veins are just a cosmetic nuisance or confuse them with spider veins. Many women also write them off as simply a sign of getting older.

Varicose veins may be related to a more serious medical condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). In addition to causing leg pain and swelling, CVI can result in leg restlessness, skin damage and even ulcers. Today less than 10 percent of people seek treatment.


“I have lived with these varicose veins for many, many years. I was very self conscious and would not wear shorts in the summer and if I did have a skirt on and my leg was exposed I would position myself to hide my leg in pictures and out in public. The first time I took off the bandages and saw a “normal” looking leg I began to cry. It was the greatest feeling to finally be freed from the varicose veins”
Testimonial from a 35 year old mother of 4.


Fox Valley Vein Centers employs Venefit™ Endovenous Therapy, a minimally-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to precisely and effectively treat patients with CVI.

“There are many misconceptions about varicose veins. At Fox Valley Vein Centers we are working to debunk these myths and urge moms who tend to put their own health last on their ‘to do’ list, to listen to their bodies and take action,” said Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Cassidy.

Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Cassidy’s top varicose veins myth busters and tips:

  • Excess weight and unhealthy eating can cause varicose veins. Exercise regularly to increase blood flow to the legs and maintain a healthy weight by combining a healthy diet with physical activity.
  • People who spend a lot of time on their feet (e.g., nurses, teachers, flight attendants, hair stylists) are at increased risk of developing varicose veins. Rest legs daily by elevating your feet above the heart.
  • Painful vein stripping is a thing of the past. There is now a minimally invasive treatment option, the Venefit™ procedure, which is often covered by insurance, and allows for a quick return to everyday activities.

To learn more, please call (815)786-3222.