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By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care

Remember the summer you had planned—the hiking, the walks on the beach, exploring Cedar Point with your kids or grandkids?

Well, if your summer didn’t unfold this way because of leg pain, swelling or fatigue, you are not alone. Our legs can swell during the summer; it’s a natural response to the heat. But other condition can exacerbate it, including venous health issues like varicose veins. In fact, with nearly 1 in 4 adults suffering with venous disease (and 50% of all adults over age 50), it’s a common condition—and often serious.

Every day we see patients with swelling in the legs and feet and it’s not always due to varicose veins. Swelling can be caused by medication, diet and other forms of inflammation. And because we’re focused on overall health, we can help treat those conditions, too.

However, if you are suffering from varicose veins, there are at least three reasons why right now is the best time to get started: 1) Most insurance companies have a six-week compression stocking requirement, so you’ll be able to wear your stockings in the cool of the fall; 2) In the fall and winter, there is a better chance that your insurance deductible will have been met and your procedures will be fully covered; and 3) Varicose vein treatments take time, so if you get started now, there’s a much better chance that you’ll be ready next year for the active summer you deserve.

To find out more about keeping your legs healthy, give us a call, especially if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • chronic leg pain
  • fatigue
  • itching
  • burning
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • leg cramps or swelling


Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. She is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care, a Tier 1 provider with Lake Health Hospital System, located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-295-9105. More information can be found at

Content Source: Mimi Vanderhaven


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