Safe Exercises for Varicose Veins

If you have an active lifestyle, varicose veins can slow you down. What can you do when you don’t want to cut exercise out of your life but you also want to keep your varicose veins from getting worse? Here are some safe exercises for people with varicose or spider veins: [Read more…]

What Causes Vein Disease?

One in three Americans over 45 suffer from some form of vein disease. As you age, the potential for developing vein disease increases due to veins weakening. If you find that you suffer from any vein complications such as varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous disease, or any other types of vein disease, you might wonder what causes vein disease, or how you might have prevented it.  [Read more…]

5 Tips to Fight Varicose Veins

Those veins on your legs, feet, and thighs might make you self-conscious, but they aren’t just aesthetic. Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused by increased pressure, most often seen in lower parts of the body. Some diagnoses may not be painful, while some people may experience aching pain and discomfort. There are simple, everyday habits you can practice to delay or reduce the onset of varicose veins. [Read more…]

When Should You Consult a Vein Specialist?

Veins are essential to bodily health and function, which is why it’s important to stay on top of any vein problems.  There are a variety of reasons that you may want to seek a vein specialist for your veins, but it can be difficult to know exactly when to consult with a professional.  [Read more…]

Identify and Treat Venous Leg Ulcers

Identify and Treat Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers are the most common form of ulcers affecting the lower extremities. They represent severe venous disease and can be the end-stage of chronic venous insufficiency. Venous ulcers occur most commonly at the ankles and involve an open wound, as well. [Read more…]

Athletes Get Varicose Veins, Too

Athletes Get Varicose Veins, Too

Varicose veins can affect anyone. Exercise can combat circulatory and venous issues but hereditary predispositions may still override preventative measures. Almost 50 percent of patients have a family history of the condition. If you’re an athlete looking to reduce the swelling and regain competitive form, we have some useful tips to keep you performing your best. [Read more…]

Be Aware of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Be Aware of Deep Vein Thrombosis

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

A thrombus is a medical term for a blood clot and when one develops in one or more of the deep veins in your body, you get deep vein thrombosis. DVT most often occurs in the leg and can cause leg pain or swelling, but it also can occur with no symptoms — one of the reasons it is so dangerous.  [Read more…]

Varicose Veins and Diabetes

Varicose Veins and Diabetes

Though there is no direct link between varicose veins and diabetes, many people suffer from both conditions simultaneously. Diabetes can cause a wide range of health problems, including skin conditions, as do varicose veins. [Read more…]

Is It Time to Consider Compression Stockings?


Spider and varicose veins might just be unsightly nuisances to you, but they are actually the visual alerts to a bigger problem like chronic venous insufficiency. This is a disease that basically prevents blood from flowing back up the leg, leaving blood to pool and veins to bulge. [Read more…]

Free Vein Screening Open House!

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Summit Skin & Vein Care is hosting a free vein screening open house! Join us for useful vein and skin care information, a complimentary Swag Box, and the chance to win a door prize.

Our event will be held Tuesday, September 29th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3521 NE Ralph Powell Road, Suite C,  Lee’s Summit, Missouri. E-mail your RSVP to Christy at by Friday, September 25th.

 Vein And Leg Health

The goal of our open house is to help you learn more about your vein and leg health. If you have experienced various symptoms related to vein disease, come in for a free vein screening from our professionals. Some symptoms of vein disease include:

  • Tired, heavy or restless legs
  • Aching, burning, or cramping sensation
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Sores or ulcers on lower leg(s)
  • Discoloration of the skin at ankle(s) & leg(s)

Why get a free vein screening?

If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, or have noticed the appearance of spider or varicose veins on your legs, we recommend getting a vein screening to learn more about your vein health. There are six stages of vein disease. If left untreated, your vein problems could progress to stages five or six.

Stage 1 – Spider Veins. Spider veins are small thin blood vessels close to the surface of the skin and typically have a dark, spindly appearance. Spider veins are more common in women than in men.

Stage 2 – Varicose Veins. Varicose veins have a protruding, rope-like appearance. About 75% of people with varicose veins have symptoms bad enough to interfere with their daily lives. Common symptoms include burning, numbness, itchiness, aching, and swelling in the legs.

Stage 3 – Edema. Swelling of the legs, known as edema, occurs as vein diseases progress without treatment. Backflow of the veins prevents the body from absorbing fluid, which leads to this uncomfortable swelling.

Stage 4 – Skin Discoloration. Venous congestion increases as vein disease progresses. This leads to discoloration in the skin to a reddish-brown or white color.

Stage 5 – Skin Changes with Healed Ulceration. An ulceration often develops with vein disease. With stage 5, an ulceration is not too difficult to treat, but will require treatment to provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms.

Stage 6 – Skin Changes with Active Ulceration. Venous ulcers occur in this stage because of malfunctioning venous valves. Venous ulcers can become chronic, painful problems if you do not get treatment. Symptoms at this point will only continue to worsen.

We want to help you achieve better vein health. Join us for snacks, gifts, & information about varicose veins. E-mail your RSVP to Christy at by Friday, September 25th


*Free Vein Screenings are always available Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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