What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Your legs are made up of a network of veins. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous Reflux Disease also known as Venous Insufficiency or Superficial Venous Reflux develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. This can cause blood to pool in your legs and lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, and varicose veins.
It’s What’s Under the Skin
The abnormal veins that you see in your legs are only part of the problem. It is important to realize that the root of the problem is not visible. The underlying reflux most commonly has it root in the saphenous veins. The most important facet of treatment is to discover and treat the underlying problem; otherwise merely treating the more superficial issues will yield an unsatisfactory result.