Dr. Diana Wilsher is just one of the phenomenal specialists at Metro Vein Centers. She currently provides service at the West Bloomfield and Dearborn locations in Michigan. Dr. Wilsher specializes in venous insufficiency and is board-certified in family medicine. In her eighteen years of practice, she has helped numerous patients with her vein treatments. With degrees from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Des Moines University, she has obtained Bachelor’s degrees, Masters and Doctorate.
Metro Vein Center is a leading provider in innovative technology and procedures to treat a variety of venous conditions. At these vein centers, doctors like Dr. Diana Wilsher work closely with patients to bring relief and healing to patients by choosing the most beneficial treatment plan for each patient’s situation. Our venous centers include services such as radio frequency ablation (RFA), endogenous laser ablation (EVLA), and sclerotherapy.
What is venous insufficiency?
Venous insufficiency occurs when the vein valves in the body no longer function as they should, properly transporting blood back to the heart. When these valves do not function correctly, it can cause pain and swelling in the legs. If not treated, venous insufficiency can cause open sores, or ulcers, to develop.
Causes of venous insufficiency
Venous insufficiency is commonly developed from deep blood clots in the legs referred to as deep vein thrombosis. It is also possible to develop venous insufficiency from lack of exercise. It is important to frequently move throughout the day. Long periods of sitting or standing can raise the pressure of the veins and can cause the valves to weaken.
There are several factors that can raise your risk of developing venous insufficiency. Women tend to develop this condition more often than men. Family history of blood clots and venous insufficiency can increase risk. Risk also increases with smoking, being overweight, being pregnant or having multiple pregnancies. Once over the age of 50, chances of developing venous insufficiency increases even more.
Keeping active and moving throughout the day is the best way to combat the development of venous insufficiency. Stretching and moving your extremities throughout the day will help increase blood flow and circulation, keeping lower pressure on the vein valves. Even better is to keep up with regular exercise. This helps with blood flow and also keeps weight in check, reducing that risk factor.
Compression stockings are another great way to help prevent venous insufficiency. The pressure from the stockings help to keep adequate blood flow in the legs. They are beneficial to those at high risk of development and also those with jobs where they are frequently on their feet.
Please keep in mind that it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as you begin to notice symptoms of venous insufficiency. As the condition progresses symptoms can become more severe and infections can develop from ulcers. The sooner you can get to a medical professional, the sooner treatment can begin. Call one of our offices today to see what our specialists can do to help you with venous insufficiency.