Vein disease, also called venous insufficiency (VI), encompasses a range of skin and vein changes in the lower legs. Almost 40% of Americans are affected by this condition. In many cases, people with VI will notice:
Telangiectasias: fine red vessels on the skin
Spider veins: blue/purple vessels on the skin
Varicose veins: rope-like vessels that are especially visible when standing
Hyperpigmentation: Skin darkening at the ankles, feet and lower leg
These changes can cause frustration and embarrassment because of their appearance. Other symptoms such as aching, restless leg, and cramping can also impact your life, keeping you at home and causing you to loose sleep.
WHO CAN GET VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY?
Venous insufficiency (VI) is possible in anyone. Individuals with family members who have had varicose veins or venous insufficiency are more likely to have this issue. Women who have had multiple pregnancies are also more likely to have venous insufficiency. Other important factors include getting older and increased weight.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS?
Apart from the visible changes which often bring patients to our practice, there are several other symptoms associated with venous insufficiency (VI)
"Heavy" feeling in the legs, especially at the end of the day
Easily fatigued legs
Swelling in the ankle or leg
Restless legs at night
Aching or cramping in the lower extremities, especially at night
Ulceration of your skin on the leg or ankle
Chronic rashes on lower extremities
TREATING YOUR VEINS
Treating your varicose veins and venous insufficiency has never been easier. Previously, surgical procedures in an operating room were required. Today, we have numerous options, from compression stockings and anti-inflammatory medications to minimally invasive procedures and sclerotherapy to treat venous insufficiency.
Most insurance plans cover these procedures. Recovery time is brief. Many people return to everyday activities the next day. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew. He will be happy to tell you more about treatment options available for your varicose veins and venous insufficiency.