Is Your Leg Pain Venous Insufficiency?

Figuring out if the leg pain you’re experiencing is a short-lived issue or a hint at a larger underlying problem can be difficult. If you’re experience leg pain, does it last only for a few hours or is it a reoccurring issue? Did the pain follow a specific activity such as exercising or after standing/sitting for an extended period of time? These are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if the leg pain you’re experiencing is temporary or if you need to see a specialist to check if you might in fact have Chronic Venous Insufficiency.

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) results when the veins in the legs no longer pump blood back to the heart effectively. Normally, when the leg muscles contract, they squeeze the deep veins of the legs and aide circulation. Veins contain one-way valves that keep the blood from flowing in the opposite direction, toward the foot. These valves can wear out over time, leading to blood leaking backward and pooling in the veins of the leg. Over time, the veins weaken and stretch. Varicose veins, or superficial veins which are dilated due to faulty valves, can also cause CVI. Blood clots can lead to CVI when they block venous blood-flow or when the clot damages the valves in the veins.

CVI affects roughly 40 percent of Americans. The condition occurs most frequently in persons over the age of 50 with women more likely to experience symptoms than men, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It is also one of the most overlooked conditions which means many people with leg pain have CVI and don’t even know it.

Causes and Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency

Factors that can put you at risk of CVI include: age, obesity, pregnancy, prolonged periods of inactivity, jobs requiring long periods of standing or sitting in one place or injury (broken bone) or major surgery on the leg or foot. Often, simply having a family history of vein health issues can alone be the cause.

Symptoms of venous insufficiency include pain, leg cramps, swelling of the legs or ankles, achiness or a feeling of heaviness in the legs, leg ulcers, and varicose veins. Itchiness and skin changes are also symptoms you may experience.


How to Treat Venous Insufficiency

If you have leg pain due to CVI there are a few things you can do to help alleviate your pain including:


  • Avoiding long periods of time spent sitting or standing. If you have a job that keeps you very sedentary, try to take breaks to walk or elevate your feet to promote proper blood flow.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, plenty of water to stay hydrated and exercise. Do your best to maintain a healthy weight.

To fully rid you of your leg pain, treating the diseased veins is a great option. At Alpha Vein Clinic we offer the latest minimally invasive vein treatments available, incuding radiofrequency ablation and the ClariVein procedure. Both of these treatments have a short recovery time and are covered by most medical insurance plans.

If you think the leg pain you are experiencing may be part of a larger vein issue, Dr. Sassan Kaveh and his dedicated team can help you determine what steps need to be taken to improve and ultimately eliminate your symptoms. To schedule a consultation, please call our office at (702)430-7661.


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