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What are the signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency?

Jan 24, 2020

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Wondering whether you have vein disease? A leading vein doctor points out the main signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency

Vein disease is becoming increasingly common. While most of you have heard of varicose veins and spider veins, ‘venous insufficiency’ is the new word that most people are talking about. Do you have venous insufficiency? What is it anyway? Read on to find out more!

Symptoms of venous insufficiency: What you may feel

To put it simply, chronic venous insufficiency is a condition where the veins of the leg fail to transport blood back to the heart efficiently. Venous insufficiency causes a range of nonspecific symptoms, which you may not always attribute to your leg veins. Some of the major symptoms include:

  • Heaviness in your legs and feet: You might feel that your legs and feet, particularly the ankle regions, feel ‘tired’, achy, and feel heavy. This is especially common at the end of the day, and this is aggravated if you have been sitting or standing for long periods of time throughout the day.
  • Throbbing pain: Apart from the generalized achy feel, you may actually feel your leg veins throb painfully.
  • Leg cramps: You may develop sudden, sharp cramps in your legs. These cramps may induce you to move your legs around, and this is generally referred to as having ‘restless legs.
  • Swollen ankles: You may notice swelling in your ankles and feet. This is common after a long flight, but can also occur at home or at work if you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long.
  • Itchy skin: You may feel an itching or burning sensation in the skin over the defective leg veins.

 

Signs of Venous Insufficiency: What to look out for

  • Visible veins: Chronic venous insufficiency can cause the veins underneath the skin surface to swell and become visible. These veins may be in the form of thick, twisted, rope like structures that bulge outwards. These are called varicose veins. The tinier veins just beneath the surface of the skin may also become visible, in the form of thin, bluish or purplish streaks that tend to cluster like a spider’s web. These are referred to as spider veins.
  • Discolored skin: Sometimes, the skin over your veins may become beefy red, or rusty brown in color.
  • Non-healing ulcers: Any wounds you sustain on your legs – even minor scratches – may not heal effectively, and these may even develop into long standing ulcers.
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What causes venous insufficiency anyway? The simple answer: problems in the leg vein valve

Chronic venous insufficiency generally occurs in the larger superficial veins of the leg, called the saphenous veins. Since these veins are superficial, they are not surrounded by muscles (which generally contract and help squeeze blood out of the veins). So, to send blood back to the heart against gravity, the veins depend on certain one-way doors called valves. These valves shut after the blood flows past, preventing the blood from falling back down to the leg. In venous insufficiency, the valves become defective, so they do not do their job properly. This leads to venous reflux, where the blood basically trickles past the closed valves and accumulates in the legs. The excess blood pooling in your legs in what is responsible for most of the signs and symptoms of vein disease.

So how do you solve this problem? Well repairing the valves is long, tedious, and completely unnecessary. It is simpler to put the saphenous veins out of commission. The saphenous veins form only a small part of the leg’s venous system; If they no longer carry blood, the blood will simply re-route to the deeper, healthier veins of the leg. So the best course of action is to just block up the saphenous veins.

Treating venous insufficiency: Are there home remedies for vein blockage?

Unfortunately, no! For veins to be blocked up, you need something to penetrate through the skin and get at the vein – this simply cannot be done using home remedies. You will need to visit a vein doctor, who will use one of the following popular treatment options to block your defective vein:

  • Radiofrequency ablation – uses heat energy to seal off the vein
  • Endovenous Laser ablation – Uses laser energy
  • VenaSeal: Uses medicated glue to block the vein

Why vein disease can be dangerous: The link between chronic venous insufficiency and DVT

Venous stasis, or stagnation of blood, occurs when insufficiency causes blood to pool in the legs. Stagnated blood tends to clot, and these clots can grow and travel to the deeper veins. This results in a dangerous condition called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. The blood clots can travel through the deep veins to the heart and lungs, where they can block vital blood circulation. This can have fatal consequences.

So if you think you have insufficiency, don’t take any chances! Get your leg veins checked out by a reputed vein doctor, who will advise you on the right kind of vein treatment.

The Vein Treatment Clinic offers state of the art treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, as well as varicose veins and spider veins. Our nationally acclaimed vein doctors have unparalleled experience and skill, and will put together a tailored treatment plan just for you. To consult with one of our doctors, book an appointment online, or call 855-386-0195.

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Contributing Author

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Harvard Trained   |   Spider & Varicose Veins Specialist
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a Harvard Trained Vein Disease specialist; she is known for improving patient wellness with an expert and personalized approach. Her focus is on spider and varicose vein removal, as well as alleviating the many symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency such as leg cramping, swelling and skin discoloration.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Sareh Rajaee

Venous Specialist | BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Todd Kobrinski

Vein Specialist | GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

New York University

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Dr. Jasmine Koo

VENOUS SPECIALIST | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
Read more >>

Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Sareh
Rajaee MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Todd
Kobrinski MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.

Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.

Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>

Jasmine
Koo MD

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>
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