(KAIT/NBC) - Painful varicose veins tend to show up as people get older, but a newer procedure could help.
Ericka Brooke said she had one of her legs treated first for varicose veins. It resulted in sleepless nights due to the pain.
Then the procedure to fix it caused the pain to intensify. Years later she went to Hamilton Vein Institute and left with a stark contrast in results.
"Within the next day, I didn't feel any pain. It was like my legs wasn't heavy or anything," said Brooke.
Dr. Carlos Hamilton III said a treatment called "Varithena" was used for her bulging veins.
An ultrasound finds the vein and a needle injects a foam to block the veins from the inside. Dr. Hamilton said this redirects the blood and eliminates pain, pressure and swelling in legs.
"What we're really doing is just getting the blood out of the deep vein and letting it get the blood like it's supposed to and just closing off the leak back into the leg," said Dr. Hamilton.
Closing the veins could decrease the chances of blood clots. Experts said exercise and compression stockings may also help ease varicose veins.