Varicose Veins Specialist

Nina L. Coletta, DPM, PA

Podiatrist located in Plantation, FL

An estimated 35% of adults in the United States have at least one varicose vein, most likely somewhere on the lower body, particularly in the lower legs or feet. From her innovative podiatry practice in Plantation, Florida, Nina Coletta, DPM, PA, provides comprehensive care, including in-office diagnostic imaging and noninvasive laser treatments, for patients in Broward County with varicose veins, as well as spider veins. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What Are Varicose Veins?

The primary job of your veins is to return deoxygenated blood from your extremities back to your heart. To help them complete this essential and continuous process, they contain a series of one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the right direction.

When these valves become weak or damaged, blood can get backed up and pool behind the valve, causing your veins to swell until the valve eventually relents under pressure. As the pooling and swelling process repeats, it causes the affected vein to become varicose.

Varicose veins, which appear close to the surface of the skin, typically appear enlarged, twisted, or bulging. They’re also usually blue or purple. The veins in your legs and feet are more likely to become varicose because gravity places them under higher pressure.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are a milder type of varicose vein that develops even closer to the surface of your skin. Besides having a distinct weblike appearance, spider veins are smaller, thinner, and usually colored red or blue. They tend to develop on a leg or facial skin.

Are Varicose Veins Unhealthy?

While most varicose veins don’t pose any health risks, they can become problematic. Varicose veins can burst and bleed, for example, or they may cause uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Legs that feel achy, heavy, or swollen
  • Bothersome itchiness around the affected vein
  • Occasional burning, throbbing, or cramping

Self-care measures that can help alleviate uncomfortable varicose veins and keep them from getting worse include:

  • Losing excess body weight
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Elevating your legs when resting
  • Wearing compression stockings

It’s also helpful to avoid standing for long periods of time or crossing your legs when seated.

How Can Laser Treatments Help With Varicose Veins?

Safe, practical, and completely noninvasive, Dr. Coletta uses therapeutic laser treatments to treat varicose veins and spider veins without resorting to surgery or vein injections (sclerotherapy).  

She uses a handheld device to deliver intense pulses of laser energy directly into the unwanted veins, where it effectively seals them shut and makes them less visible.

Dr. Coletta can use laser treatments to target small varicose veins and spider veins without damaging any of the surrounding tissues, which means potential side effects are minimal and the procedure doesn’t require any downtime.

Because some veins require multiple laser treatments to disappear entirely, Dr. Coletta will let you know what to expect after assessing the extent of your vein problem.

To learn more, call her office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.