If you have varicose veins and your legs often feel achy and heavy, go to a doctor. You might suffer from the vein disorder known as chronic venous insufficiency or “leaky” veins. While varicose veins contribute to the problem, they are not the cause of it.
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the vein wall or the leg vein valves do not work properly. Blood pools in the legs, rather than returning to the heart as part of the normal circulatory pattern. Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:
If you’re over 50, relatively sedentary, tall, a smoker, overweight or pregnant, you’re at increased risk for chronic venous insufficiency. Many people have a family history of the condition. If you’ve ever had a deep vein thrombosis, the odds of your developing chronic venous insufficiency are quite high.
Your doctor diagnoses leaky veins via a physical exam and a vascular ultrasound. During this procedure, the physician can view your leg veins on a monitor.
Treatment for mild chronic venous insufficiency treatment starts with wearing compression stocking to decrease swelling and regular movement. Avoid wearing tight clothing. If your job requires you to sit for long periods, try to get up and take a short walk around the room or at least move and raise your legs frequently. If you’re overweight, your doctor may design a diet and exercise program for you.
If your condition is serious, there are various therapies available. These include:
Without treatment, capillaries in your leg may burst. This damages tissues internally, and externally produces leg ulceration. These ulcers often become affected, leading to cellulitis, a bacterial infection that can spread throughout your body. Having achy, crampy legs checked out as soon as possible is the best way to minimize complications.
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