Venous Insufficiency is a serious disease of the veins that originates in the leg veins. It is often associated with vein valves that have become damaged, veins that have become blocked, the development of varicose veins or blood clots (DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis).
The leg veins that carry blood back up to the heart have tiny valves that open and close to stop the blood from flowing in a downward direction. When veins in the legs become blocked or if they have valve damage, these veins fail to return blood back up to the heart properly, and this is how venous insufficiency, or venous reflux, begins.
You could be suffering from venous insufficiency if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Leg cramps
• Restless legs at night
• Heaviness, tired, and achy legs
• Feeling of tightness in the calves
• Pain in the legs while walking or shortly after stopping
• Relief from leg pain when legs are raised
• Swelling of the legs or ankles
• Varicose veins in the legs
Venous insufficiency is a progressive disease that continues to get worse with time. If it is not treated, increased pressure in the leg veins and swelling can eventually cause dry, flaky skin as well as skin discoloration (reddish, brown or yellowish).
As venous insufficiency progresses, it can ultimately lead to a painful leg ulcer, an open wound that is slow to heal, and even a blood clot – which are all extremely serious conditions that put your general health and life at risk.