While we’ve all experienced tired and achy legs at some point, especially after a long run or particularly active day, if you’re often dealing with easily tired, painful legs then you could be dealing with a vein problem known as venous hypertension or insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in the veins of the legs don’t work properly, causing blood to pool in the feet and ankles. If you’re experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency, our board-certified surgeon Dr. Steven Kaufman at Total Vein Care can provide you with the treatment options you’re looking for.
What Causes Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Some people develop this condition after deep vein thrombosis, which can damage the valves in the veins of the legs; however, a sedentary lifestyle is most often to blame. If you find yourself sitting or standing for long periods without activity or exercise this can weaken the valves over time, leading to chronic venous insufficiency. While both men and women can suffer from this condition it is more common in women. Other factors that put you at risk are:
- Obese individuals
- People over 50 years old
- Pregnant women
- Those with a family history of chronic venous insufficiency
- Individuals with a personal history of blood clots
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
If you are dealing with this condition, here are some of the symptoms you may experience in the legs:
- The development of varicose veins
- Leather-like skin
- Easily tired
Do I Need to Treat this Condition?
Yes, you must turn to our board-certified surgeon Dr. Kaufman and his team here at Total Vein Care. If you don't seek medical attention, eventually all the swelling will cause blood vessels to burst, which can lead to the development of ulcers or a serious infection. If you are dealing with symptoms of CVI you must give our team a call as soon as possible.
How is CVI Treated?
Many factors help us determine which types of treatment options will work best for reducing pain and swelling and preventing infection and ulcers. Some treatment plans will include a mix of lifestyle changes, medications, and even certain medical procedures. In rare instances, a patient may require surgery. Common lifestyle changes include regular exercise and movement as well as wearing compression stockings. Sclerotherapy or endovenous thermal ablation are two common non-surgical procedures that our team may recommend for redirecting blood flow into healthier veins while closing damaged veins.