Consequences of venous insufficiency lead to leg swelling, pain and cramping
Though many patients with venous insufficiency experience only cosmetic symptoms, this condition often progresses into other issues that are uncomfortable and potentially more serious. The earliest stages typically include spider veins, which may grow into varicose veins. The most common symptoms associated with these diseases are leg cramps and leg swelling. Without treatment, the issues will often worsen, and could develop into chronic venous insufficiency, which may contribute to leg ulcers and more dramatic skin changes.
Unfortunately, these issues will not go away on their own, and will typically continue to worsen with age. When left untreated, legs affected by venous insufficiency can develop pain, swelling, and lead to other medical problems. Only one in every fifteen patients suffering from varicose veins seeks medical treatment, but doing so can greatly improve your long-term health. The treatments offered at VIP Centers of America are minimally invasive, safe, reliable, and often fully covered by insurance.
If you are interested in a fast and proven treatment option for your venous disease, speak with the knowledgeable experts on our team. We can work with you to determine which of the various treatment options is right for your situation, and help you to get back to your life with renewed confidence in health and appearance.
How common are these symptoms?
Leg swelling, leg pain, and cramping (also restless leg syndrome) are very common symptoms for venous insufficiency.
What are common causes of these symptoms?
Leg pain, swelling, and cramping are mainly caused by varicose veins. For some patients, varicose veins can lie under the surface of the skin, so many patients are not aware that their symptoms are associated with the veins. When veins are leaky, blood can pool and be stagnant which can cause the leg pain, swelling, and cramping.
How can the causes be diagnosed?
The causes can be diagnosed by coming into a medical office for a physical examination. Swelling can be visible, and a venous ultrasound can be conducted to confirm whether or not these symptoms are caused by varicose veins, and venous insufficiency.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment options are compression stockings, exercise, antibiotics, radiofrequency ablations, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.
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