Beauty Secrets for Healthy Legs

Is There a Beauty Secret to Keep My Legs Looking & Feeling Great?

Everybody wants to have a nice-looking pair of legs; we don't want to feel like we have to hide our legs under long pants. Unfortunately, beautiful legs don't happen by themselves;  the truth is that for most us, it take some work to give our legs that "toned" look. The good news is that there are numerous ways to help our legs stay healthy, shapely, and pleasing to the eye. Don't...

CVI (chronic venous insufficiency)

Am I at Risk for CVI? Is Someone in My Family?

Chronic Venous Insufficiency or CVI is a progressive medical condition in which the valves that regulate blood flow direction from the legs to the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and veins to swell. Healthy leg veins are designed to allow blood to flow against gravity from the legs back toward the heart. Tiny valves inside the veins open and close to help control the...

Pregnancy & Varicose Veins

Ask the Expert: Does Pregnancy Cause Varicose and Spider Veins?

Many women first develop varicose veins – or find that they get worse – during pregnancy. As your uterus grows, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body (the inferior vena cava), which in turn increases pressure in the leg veins. Veins are the blood vessels that return blood from your extremities to your heart, so the blood in your leg veins is working against...

What Is Superficial Venous Insufficiency (SVI)?

Superficial venous insufficiency (SVI) is a condition that leads to varicose veins. Most everybody can remember looking at their grandma's legs and wondering why her veins were so big. Large varicose veins are not the only way that superficial venous insufficiency manifest. When the valvular function of the veins fails, there is increasing pressure in the superficial venous system of the lower extremities. Initially, this leads to some mild swelling and...