I had venous and foam treatment to both of my legs one week ago. Recovery is good although my thigh is very bruised and tender. However, my ankles appear swollen. Is this normal?
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I had VNUS on my right leg yesterday and everything was fine until last night I started having sharp stabbing pain around the foot and ankle. (4 answers)
The pain started on the top of my foot but has now moved to my Achilles tendon area. The pain stops when I stand up for a while but when I lay down with my leg on a pillow like I was told to do the pain returns. What could be causing the pain?
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One year after VNUS treatment, injections? (3 answers)
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The pain is intense with numbness and tingling. Will this go away or is this nerve damage?
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Who would not be a good candidate for VNUS/ELVT procedures?
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Both procedures sound like they treat the greater saphenous vein. So what’s the difference between them?
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Still numb to light touches after a year. (3 answers)
It has been a year since my VNUS closure and I'm still numb to light touches on my ankle. I feel like it has gotten better, but is it safe to say I'm stuck like this forever? or could something be pushing on the nerve stopping the healing?
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