Could You Spot Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
- Posted on: Jan 30 2019
Up until about a decade ago, there was very little talk even in the medical community about the issue of chronic venous insufficiency. Doctors knew about varicose veins and had treatments to close them or remove them altogether. More recently, science and technology have combined to bring about significant change in the diagnosis and treatment of vein problems. Now, we are in more of an era of recognizing when treatment is necessary. Would you know when you need to see your Columbia vein specialist at The Vein Clinic?
First, the Basics
What is chronic venous insufficiency?
Johns Hopkins Medicine has described chronic venous insufficiency as a condition in which the leg veins do not allow blood to flow back toward the heart.” Veins have tiny valves that span their length to continue the progressive movement of blood and inhibit backflow. Sometimes, these valves stop working and they allow blood to stagnate, or pool, at certain points in the leg, ankle, or foot. This results in more symptoms than one may realize.
Signs of Venous Insufficiency
We usually consider the problem described above as varicose veins, those ropy, bulging veins that used to be viewed as an age-related problem. Varicose veins are, in fact, an indication of chronic venous insufficiency, but there are also other symptoms that may develop. These include:
- A sensation of tightness
- Leg cramps or aching
- Itchiness in one area of the leg, ankle or foot
- Swelling in the ankles or legs
- Skin discoloration in which the skin appears reddish-brown or tan
- Pain when walking
- Leg ulcers
Causes of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Some of the factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins and other symptoms are controllable, and some are not. Common factors include:
- A family history of venous insufficiency or blood clots
- Personal history of blood clots
- Hormonal changes
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Damage to the leg from surgery or an injury
If you are seeing signs of chronic venous insufficiency, you have a lot to gain by consulting with a vein specialist. Treatments for spider veins and varicose veins have become more sophisticated in terms of technology, which makes them easier on you. Learn more about treatments like sclerotherapy, VenaSeal, and ClosureFast at (803) 253-8667.
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