What is Venous Disease?
Vein Disease, or venous insufficiency occurs when the veins in the body have difficulty transporting blood from the legs
back to the heart. All veins have valves which is how blood gets back to the heart. Mainly due to genetics or certain
lifestyles, the valves stop closing properly. While the majority of the blood continues to the heart, the blood passing
the leaking valve in the superficial vein (the saphenous vein) falls back down the leg causing high pressures and
often resulting in the dilated lumps and bumps we commonly call varicose veins.
Common causes of venous insufficiency include genetics, pregnancy, obesity and blood clots. Symptoms include pain which
worsens with standing, swelling, tightness, itchiness, fatigue, skin color changes, restless leg syndrome and ulceration.