It’s Not Just the Ladies – Men Also Suffer from Varicose Veins

Posted in General on June 13, 2018

When you hear about varicose or spider veins, many people are under the false assumption this is a “woman’s problem”. Although women are more commonly affected by vein issues, up to 40% of men have varicose veins on their legs. While the fairer sex is at greater risk, it doesn’t mean men are exempt. Men often have vein challenges to deal with.

In general, men typically don’t talk too much about health problems and rarely discuss leg vein issues. Men have a tendency to downplay leg symptoms and downplay concerns about the cosmetic appearance of their leg veins. Things like varicose veins, spider veins, swelling of the legs, and skin appearance often go out the window. Men are often reluctant to ask their doctor about treatment options.

In general, men’s clothing hides problem areas on the legs. Long pants cover shins, calves, and ankles, and even most shorts disguise the upper and outer thigh areas that are often affected in guys. If you don’t see it, it doesn’t exist, right? Since men have a tendency to procrastinate about health issues, evaluation of these vein issues is often needlessly delayed.

a man grabs his leg in pain


The good news about vein problems is there’s a wide range of low-risk, procedural (and non-procedural) treatment options that can help. Quite often the results are dramatic, resulting in resolution of symptoms and simultaneous improvement in the appearance of the legs.

Non-procedural options include elevating the legs, using compression hose, and regular exercise. Although compression hose is not a cure, compression hose can help minimize leg swelling and can help provide symptom relief.

Advancements in medical technology have allowed vein procedures to become “walk-in / walk-out”. Vein procedures are now routinely performed in the doctor’s office, and no longer require a trip to the hospital or to a surgery center. Recovery from vein procedures is surprisingly quick, and many people are able to return to work and sporting activities the next day.

Schedule an Appointment with Vascular Solutions Today!

At Vascular Solutions, men are nearly half of our clientele. We offer a variety of treatment options for a multitude of vein conditions. Dr. Ford and his highly experienced team specialize in minimally invasive vein treatment and treat the full spectrum of vein problems.

If you’re a man who might be suffering from heavy, achy legs, or simply has visible veins you would like removed, please fill out our contact form today.

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