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How well do foot spider veins respond to treatment?

I have spider veins that are becoming more and more apparent on both my feet below my ankle and above my heel. I know that feet take a lot of wear and tear, so I'm wondering whether it's even worth it to have the spider veins treated in that spot? Are the veins more likely to come back in an area like the foot? If I were to get treated, would I be able to wear flip flops immediately after?


Doctors Answers (3)

We treat a lot of ankle veins with both injection and/or laser. Mostly they respond well to treatment by an experienced sclerotherapist. Complications can be higher in the ankles without this. We do use compression stockings for a short period of time. We have open-toe hose just for that very reason...who wants to give up their flip flops?

Foot and ankle spider veins do respond well to sclerotherapy when also treating the underlying reticular veins that typically cause the formation of these spider veins. Prolonged standing and poor choice of shoes (without arch support) also contribute to developing spider veins on the feet. For best results, you should wear compression hose for several weeks and stay out of hot water (such as baths and hot tubs) for four weeks following sclerotherapy.

You should have a complete evaluation by your local phlebologist. These veins along with symptoms such as cramping, Charlie horses, heaviness, restless legs, itching, swelling and numbness can be treated and are frequently covered by insurance.

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