(Credit: Deborah)

(Credit: Deborah)

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If your work or lifestyle involves being on your feet for hours at a stretch, you might not question the daily incidence of leg pain over time: a feeling of heaviness or achiness that is relieved when you put your feet up and rest. If mom had varicose veins in her later years, you might not question their appearance on your legs, and might dismiss them as a cosmetic problem or another fact of aging – like that nagging leg pain.

Vascular leg pain is caused by blood flow problems in the arteries (which transport blood down into the legs) and veins (the valved vessels that carry blood back to the heart). Interruption of that blood flow in either direction can lead to serious problems in the legs or feet.

When the valves in the veins don’t function correctly, blood pools in the legs, causing what’s called veinous insufficiency. It can cause noticeable discomfort and visible changes in the appearance of the legs, such as raised or discolored veins and blotching at the skin’s surface, and swelling that can even break the skin and invite bacterial infections.

Attending Vascular Surgeon Dr. Matthew Samra is Director of the Vein Center at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, New Jersey. He spoke with KYW’s Rasa Kaye about vascular leg pain and ways to treat it both inside and outside the operating suite, including the minimally invasive, non-surgical interventions performed in Deborah’s Vein Center. veins2

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