Lately, your legs and your ankles have been swelling and causing you some severe discomfort. They don’t seem to hold you like they used to due to weakness. You keep getting leg cramps or the skin around your ankles seem to be becoming thicker without any cause. In addition, the skin color is changing, especially around the ankles. If this seems to be happening to you, then you may be experiencing venous insufficiency. While it’s easier to ignore discomfort in your legs for a small amount of time, with consistent and constant pain, it’s best that you seek immediate attention. If you’re worried about discomfort in your legs and you are exhibiting certain symptoms that seem to match up to signs of venous insufficiency, then take the time to contact our vein health clinic.

Chronic vein disease, or venous insufficiency, is a common disorder that occurs when the veins in the lower legs no longer work efficiently. The veins in your legs have one-way valves that help blood flow against gravity to the heart. When the pumps stop working efficiently, the blood can flow backwards and pool in the lower portion of your legs and ankles. The pooled amount of blood can increase pressure and cause symptoms and more severe damage to the affected vein in your leg or ankles. This condition is called venous insufficiency.

Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency

There are a number of signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency including:

  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Swollen legs and ankles
  • A feeling of heaviness in the legs
  • Dull, aching feeling in the legs
  • Changes in leg skin color
  • Itchy, dry skin on legs
  • Leg ulcers

Failing to have this chronic vein disease diagnosed and treated can lead to an increase in vein damage and more severe skin infections. Keep in mind that while venous insufficiency can’t be entirely cured, it can be treated with the assistance of a vein specialist. At the Vascular Health, we specialize in vein health at our clinic to help those who have vein discomfort.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of vein disease can also prevent you from doing many of the things that you did before. An appointment at the vein health clinic is an opportunity to evaluate how well your veins function and how you can deal with the discomfort you’re experiencing in the lower portion of the body. We use a bilateral venous duplex ultrasound or an intravascular ultrasound to look at the deep veins in your legs and your ankles. If you need treatment, the vascular care team can explain your options. We want you to be aware of the full impact of venous insufficiency on what it can do to the health of your veins.

When it comes to the treatment of venous insufficiency, there are options available for it, but the condition can’t be cured. With the help of the Vascular Health Centers, we can provide treatments that will help with any discomfort you may be experiencing in your legs or ankles. Treatment for vein disease is much simpler and safer than the painful vein-stripping surgery of the past. A number of minimally-invasive procedures are used at the vein health clinic including:

Sclerotherapy

The procedure of sclerotherapy is the injection of a special solution into diseased veins, which cause them to scar and seal off. This procedure will help to treat the blood vessels in your legs as well as any malformations of the blood vessels. The medicine is injected and then helps your vessels shrink down. Blood flow naturally re-routes to healthy veins and the treated veins go away over time. Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins and small to medium varicose veins.

Endovenous Ablation

Endovenous ablation is a treatment that is minimally invasive and uses lasers or radiofrequency to burn the veins closed. The doctor uses a catheter to insert a tiny laser into the diseased vein. The heat from the laser becomes scared so that it closes off. This procedure is used to treat larger varicose veins.

Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy or phlebectomy is a treatment for veins that have to do with removing the varicose veins from your legs. When this procedure is completed, you can expect to have local anesthesia used. The vein specialist makes micro punctures in the skin and removes diseased veins through the openings. Microphlebectomy is performed on larger varicose/spider veins.

Intravascular Ultrasound

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is the standard method of imaging during catheter-based vein treatments. Ultrasound provides the vein specialist with a complete image of the vein walls for accurate mapping of the diseased area.

Endovenous Stenting

Venoplasty, or endovenous stenting, is the placement of a small mesh tube called a stent to restore the structure to a compressed vein. The stent keeps the vein open and strengthens it to support normal blood flow. Endovenous stenting is used as a treatment for venous chronic insufficiency, pulmonary artery disease, and a number of other venous conditions.

The vein health clinic performs these minimally-invasive treatments on an outpatient procedure. There are less risk and minimal downtime in comparison to traditional surgery. Depending on your condition and the treatment method of choice, you may require multiple treatments.

If you want to eliminate the pain and discomfort in your legs due to chronic venous insufficiency, then the Vascular Health Centers located in Oviedo, FL, can help you find a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle. Take the time to request a free screening to help you feel better in the lower portion of your body. We look forward to helping to propel you toward a better lifestyle. We encourage those who have been wounded or are dealing with a venous disease to visit out vein health clinic today to get treated. Choose a Top Rated Local® Vascular Health Center that cares.