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Venous Insufficiency

All leg veins have numerous one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards or refluxing. Leg vein problems generally begin when these delicate valves become weak and malfunction. Faulty valves allow blood to reflux and pool in the veins, leading to increased pressure within the veins. The increased pressure is transmitted to the tributary veins, the capillaries, and the tissues drained by the diseased vein. This condition is the most common form of venous disease and is referred to as venous insufficiency.

Venous insufficiency can be seen in the deep venous system (usually as a result of deep venous thrombosis), or in the superficial venous system (usually from dilation of the veins). Venous Insufficiency is typically progressive. In addition to causing varicose veins, it can lead to pain, swelling, restless legs syndrome, brown pigmentation, bleeding, and non-healing ulcer formation. It is important to seek medical treatment early in order to stop the natural progression of this disease and reduce symptoms to achieve the best possible functional and cosmetic results.

Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency

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