Venous insufficiency leads to blood pooling in your legs, causing achy or painful legs and eventually leading to complications such as nonhealing ulcers. Vascular Health Institute in Dallas, TX specializes in peripheral vascular interventions to treat the underlying cause of venous insufficiency, which is critical to prevent potentially debilitating complications. To schedule a comprehensive examination, please call our office or use the convenient online scheduling tool.
Veins usually carry blood from your feet, up the leg, and back to your heart. Venous insufficiency occurs when blood in one or more leg veins doesn’t flow in the proper direction, and begins to flow back down the vein, and collects in “pools”. This pooling can cause pain or a “heaviness” in the legs and can lead to enlarged, bulging, twisted, veins that are often visible through the skin, called varicose veins.
Your body uses several mechanisms to propel blood through your veins. Leg muscles contract when you walk, pushing blood upward. Smooth muscles that line the veins also contract to keep blood flowing, while valves in the veins open to let blood flow up toward the heart, then close to prevent it from going backward. When one or more of these mechanisms doesn’t work properly, blood flows down the vein, collecting in pools.
Some of the common risk factors that contribute to chronic venous insufficiency include:
Chronic venous insufficiency only worsens over time, so it’s crucial to call Vascular Health Institute when you notice symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications. The symptoms associated with venous insufficiency include:
When chronic venous insufficiency goes untreated, tiny capillaries can burst, giving your skin a reddish-brown appearance and making it sensitive to touch.
Over time, broken capillaries cause open sores on the skin’s surface — venous stasis ulcers — that don't heal easily and can become infected. This infection may spread to the surrounding tissues.
Each patient’s treatment is customized, but may include:
If you suffer from itchy, aching, or tired legs, call the Vascular Health Institute or click to book an appointment online.