Venous insufficiency, otherwise known as varicose veins, are veins that are damaged enough to cause blood to circulate poorly. They are bluish, dilated, and twisted and may be more or less prominent. It is estimated that 15% to 30% of the population has varicose veins. Women are 2 to 3 times more affected than men. Most commonly, varicose veins form on the legs. They may also appear in “private” regions: vulvar varicose veins (female) or varicocele (male).

These veins are very permanent. They cannot be “cured” but most can be eliminated through various interventions. In addition, it is possible to relieve the associated symptoms and to prevent the formation of other varicose veins, as well as the problems that may arise. People who have varicose veins suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. This means that their venous system has difficulty in ensuring the return of blood to the heart.

First signs involve pain, tingling, and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. Cramps in the calves and swelling at the ankles and feet may also be present. In fact, some patients say that the affected region can also feel “itchy”. These symptoms are amplified when standing or sitting for a long time without moving. The appearance of varicosities is not the same as actual varicose veins: varicosities affect very small veins. They are not very prominent and resemble a spider’s web. They are usually not painful. Varicose veins are larger and more dilated. They are often accompanied by symptoms associated with the first signs of venous insufficiency (those stated above).

Poor circulation in superficial veins can result in:

“Brownish” skin. The rupture of small blood vessels can cause blood to escape and invade neighboring tissues. The blood released gives areas of the skin a color varying from yellow to brown, hence its name.

Ulcers. Very painful ulcers can form on the skin, usually near the ankles. The affected skin is previously brownish in color. Get medical attention immediately from Vein Health.

A blood clot in a vein, called phlebitis, can cause local pain if the affected vein is a superficial vein. It is an important warning sign, as more advanced venous insufficiency can lead to deep phlebitis and pulmonary embolism. For more information, seek care from a reliable clinic.

Warning! If you feel an immense amount of heat accompanied by sudden swelling and dull pain in the calf or thigh region, this is a huge warning sign and you should seek emergency medical immediately. Not doing so could be life-threatening.