Venous Disease of the legs affects 40% of the American population. Veins function to return blood back to the heart from the legs. This occurs against gravity secondary to muscle contraction within the legs. Inside of veins are one-way valves that keep blood from flowing back to the feet. Venous Insufficiency is the disease in which the valves become dysfunctional resulting in pooling of blood in the legs. Increased volume of blood causes elevated pressures inside the veins leading to a sequels of events. The complications of Venous Insufficiency are listed below.
The following are risk factors, which can increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins or venous insufficiency:
This is a chronic and progressive, disease that if untreated can lead to pain, swelling, irreversible skin changes, and even non-healing sores.
Healthy veins function to return blood back to your heart. Inside veins are one-way valves that assist with efficient blood flow back to the heart. When these valves become dysfunctional, the blood doesn’t move up, but flows back down toward your feet. This reverse flow is known as reflux or Venous Insufficiency. Reflux causes increased the veins with resulting signs and symptoms of varicose veins.