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5 Telltale Signs You Have Venous Insufficiency

5 Telltale Signs You Have Venous Insufficiency

If your legs ache or burn after a long day, you may have a condition called venous insufficiency. “Venous” refers to the blood in your veins, which carry blood to your heart from different parts of your body. 

Your veins have valves that open to move your blood upward toward your heart. When the valves don’t work properly, the blood flows backwards down your legs, pooling there and/or in your ankles. If you have venous insufficiency, sufficient blood isn’t moving upward from your legs to your heart. 

Dr. Carol White, vascular specialist with Dr. White's Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC, treats many patients with venous insufficiency. Untreated venous insufficiency can lead to chronic venous insufficiency which can lead to other health complications, including open sores on your legs and the risk of life-threatening clots. 

Following are five signs of venous insufficiency

1. Varicose veins 

Do you have varicose veins? More than a third of Americans have them, with women being more at risk, including women who have had children. Another major risk factor is obesity. 

Varicose veins are a sign that you have venous insufficiency. Blood is pooling in your legs and not moving upward toward your heart. Your veins become larger because blood begins to collect in your veins rather than continuing toward your heart. 

If varicose veins progress without treatment, your veins may enlarge to the point that your skin breaks open. Now you have a leg ulcer, a condition that requires careful treatment. 

If you have chronic pain and/or swelling in your legs because of varicose veins, Dr. White selects one of several options to treat them and relieve your pain. 

2. Burning or aching in your legs

Do your legs feel heavy at the end of the day? Are they painful? The pain may be characterized as a burning or aching sensation. You may feel fine in the morning after resting your legs all night, but the pain returns during the day, especially if you’re on your feet a lot. These are signs of venous insufficiency. 

3. Swollen legs and ankles 

Leg and ankle swelling, or edema, is the result of blood pooling in your veins. Swollen legs are not normal. This may be a sign of venous insufficiency, among other possibilities. 

If you have venous insufficiency, a heavy feeling often comes with the buildup of fluid in your Just as with varicose veins, you then can develop a leg ulcer, a sign of advanced venous insufficiency. Leg ulcers are difficult to heal. 

4. Darkened, discolored skin 

Are your legs discolored? Are they a darker color than they used to be? Red blood cells that have built up in your legs over time are the cause of this discoloration. It’s a sign of venous insufficiency.

5. Coarse skin 

Does your skin have a coarse texture that it didn’t used to have? Changes in skin texture as well as skin color are caused by the buildup of blood cells in your legs and the blood bursting out of the small veins into your skin. 

Don’t wait until you have chronic or advanced venous insufficiency to get treatment. Call our office or request an appointment online today for expert treatment for venous insufficiency and relief from painful, swollen legs. 

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