Some of the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include swelling or achiness in the legs, the appearance of new varicose veins and flaking or itching skin on the legs and feet. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner this condition is treated, the less likely more serious problems will develop. If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, call our office and make an appointment. Dr. Ebrahimi is experienced at diagnosing and treating chronic venous insufficiency and can help you avoid a more serious medical condition in the future.
About Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition that can result when blood cannot flow freely through the veins of the legs and back to the heart. Instead, the blood pools in the lower veins; a process known as stasis. The problem can result from veins that become damaged due to the natural aging process, and decreased mobility or periods of extended sitting or standing. This causes the leakage of the blood around and through malfunctioning valves directing the blood in a flow opposite to its normal direction which eventually pressurize the thin walled veins. This process would increase the tissue pressure and stasis of blood that causes severe swelling, chronic discolored skin changes and subsequent skin ulceration and eventual predisposition to developing blood clots in the legs. Chronic swelling can also be due to a blood clot inside the deep veins of the legs, which is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This condition can be very serious if it initially goes undiagnosed and may cause life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Chronic DVT can lead to chronic swelling (post-phlebitic syndrome), venous ulcers and infection.