Although there is a strong argument for the basic necessity of every human body, the value of the legs is perhaps one, if not, the most important human limb. Almost all fundamental human movement involves the use of the leg: walking, running, sitting. Other basic activities like eating and sleeping which seems to remotely require the legs, are also difficult to do without the mobility provided by these limbs.
New Injuries and New Causes
And perhaps this is also the reason why the legs are the most used part of the human body and is therefore one of the most susceptible to stress, strain and other types of ‘wear and tear’. Today, this is more evident as modern lifestyle of bustle and grind seem to be producing new form of physical injuries to muscle and joints. Some of them are old types of injuries or disorders that have merely taken new forms but have the same causes. But some have entirely new causes. Worse, entirely new instances caused by a number of old and new causes and therefore require old and new treatments. One such injury that easily comes to mind is the carpal tunnel syndrome, a hand-related strain-stress injury, which is a very recent, modern-day injury caused by a similarly fairly recent modern-day activity: the use of a computer mouse.
If this is a trend for the hands, imagine how much more it is for the legs and feet. There is today for instance increasing instances of plantar fasciitis a relatively new kind of recurring strain injury caused by chronic irritation of the arch of the foot due to excessive strain and various other causes including bone spurs, flat feet, pronation and tight calves common among people who uses their feet and legs heavily.
The Continuing Threat of Old Injuries
But even with a growing number of new injuries, this is not to say older forms of injury have become extinct, in fact considering that feet and the legs bears most of the weight when walking and moving around, old disorders continue as very legitimate threats. For instance in Singapore, varicose veins, an age-old injury characterized by twisted, enlarged and weakened valves and veins that keep blood flowing from the legs up to heart which in turn results to blood clots and pressure built-up in the legs, is still among the leading causes of immobility and one of the most common cause of serious permanent damage among persons of different age, gender, race and demographic.
Although generally more common in the feet and legs, varicose veins is also more threatening since it can also hit valves and veins in other parts of the body. Still, as a common injury in the lower limbs, they are caused by various factors like twisting and other strenuous activities like standing for long periods. And again what makes, varicose vein cases a continuing threat is its complex nature such that they may be caused, or at least affected, by non-activity related factors such as pregnancy, menopausal conditions, age, obesity, and family history.
The Technological Difference
Although the varicose vein is an old injury, a major difference today is the treatment. Of course as mentioned, some minor forms of varicose veins do not involve pain and discomfort and therefore do not require treatment. But science has shown that this may cause ulcers, skin discoloration and swelling or worsen the injury. As such, minor cosmetic operations are today a medically sound choice. And given the sophisticated technologies of today, it may well be a practical one.
Nowadays in Singapore, there are numerous vascular surgeons who specialize in such operations. In addition, various vein clinics in Singapore offer the use of laser technology using string bursts of light to close off smaller and ‘spider’ veins until they gradually fade and disappear. These services also come in more affordable price tags while providing safer and more options. Of course, for major cases, there are still the more traditional invasive varicose vein treatments in Singapore, like ligation and stripping, which involve incisions and actual removal of veins offered by many Singapore health centres. They are significantly cheaper that laser operations but they can cause bruising, bleeding and pain.
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