Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition caused by faulty valves in the veins of the legs that prohibit normal blood flow from the legs to the heart. When blood cannot flow freely through the veins, it pools within the veins – a condition referred to as “stasis.” Stasis can result in swelling and pain that will not dissipate without proper treatment. Early treatment is preferable, since the condition can progress to serious complications, including tissue damage and leg ulcers.
Causes of Venous Insufficiency
There are many possible causes of chronic venous insufficiency, including varicose veins and blood clots. Varicose veins develop as a result of dilation of the veins as blood begins to flow backward and pool within the veins. Blood clots can also block blood flow back to the heart, and they can damage the valves within the veins that regulate that blood flow.
Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
The symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:
Swelling and heaviness in the lower legs
Appearance of varicose veins on skin’s surface
Discomfort that worsens after long periods of standing
Skin changes, including thinning, flaking or itching
Sores around the lower leg that will not heal
When symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency appear, they should be promptly evaluated by a physician. Early treatment may include a wide range of options, and increases the patient’s odds of a full recovery and prevention of severe complications.
Treatment for Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Treatment of chronic venous insufficiency might include non-invasive treatment like compression stockings to promote healthier blood flow and elevation to reduce uncomfortable symptoms. If the condition has progressed, other treatment options might consist of procedures to close the varicose veins that led to the venous insufficiency. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to remove affected veins. In all cases, the goal is to provide treatment which will lead to improved blood flow and eliminate symptoms.
Chronic venous insufficiency is a serious medical problem that will not go away on its own. If you are concerned about symptoms of this condition, contact Specialty Vein Care for a thorough evaluation and treatment options.
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