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Parents - don't neglect your veins

Parents - don’t neglect your veins

If you have kids you know the challenges that come with parenting. Making the right choices and decisions regarding what’s in our kids’ best interests is a full-time job! These challenges have become magnified over the past year; dealing with the pandemic, mask mandates, “lockdowns”, school shutdowns and vaccine choices have all made the job of parenting that much harder. With all of these issues going on it’s no wonder that many parents have fallen into the trap of neglecting their health, much less pay attention to their legs!  Now that summer’s coming to an end and kids are heading back to school, it’s a perfect time to consider getting your legs checked out.

For some people, small skin-surface veins are a cosmetic issue, but millions of parents have leg symptoms they have been “dealing with” or putting on the back-burner.

As a parent, our highest priority is our kids. As long as they get to their events on time and are safe, everything’s OK. It’s not uncommon for parents with ugly leg veins to start hiding their legs. Men typically start wearing long pants, even though it's 90 degrees outside, and women often resort to wearing long dresses. Both mom’s and dad’s commonly report that they are embarrassed about the way that veins make their legs look. “Out of sight, out of mind”... until leg symptoms start creeping up on you.

Vein problems can cause symptoms of early leg fatigue and tiredness in the legs. It’s also very common for vein problems to cause leg cramps.  Many parents with vein problems report that their legs have less energy than they previously had. Quite often parents with vein problems feel they need to rest or sit to avoid aching or throbbing discomfort that builds up if they stand for long periods of time.

Parents can give a million excuses to ignore all the signs of leg vein issues and concerns. We’re here to tell you now’s the perfect time to put yourself first and get those legs checked out!

Easy on the wallet:

From a financial perspective, the second half of the year is often a great time to optimize lingering health issues. Many of us have already partially (or fully) met our insurance deductible, which makes getting your veins checked more affordable.

Time to get that vein check-up:

Summer is wrapping up and we’re sending our kids back to school. This may be the perfect time to get on the schedule to get your legs checked by a specialist.

We encourage you to schedule your initial appointment now. Although procedures to fix vein problems are quick, painless, and performed on a walk-in-walk-out basis, most insurance companies make you “jump through some hoops” before covering vein procedures.  Some insurance companies require that you try wearing compression hose for 6 weeks (or 3 months) and many insurance companies require “pre-authorization” (basically submitting some forms for review) before allowing vein procedures to be scheduled.

Finally, as parents we often let the day-to-day battle of parenting distract us from what we need to do to take care of ourselves. Don’t let another year go by second-guessing yourself about your options. If you act now you’ll have a road map for “new legs” by the holiday season.

Another advantage of acting now is that you can coordinate your appointments while the kiddos are in school. This way you’ll be there, fully attentive, and continue to be the type of parent you want to be, without distraction.

DON’T wait, act now! Your legs will thank you. Healthy legs healthy life.


Peter Ford MD FACS RPVI Peter Ford, MD, FACS, RPVI, is a board certified vascular surgeon who works at Vascular Solutions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Ford specializes in the management of varicose veins and venous disease.

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