Venous Insufficiency (VI) can be a life-altering medical condition and should be evaluated by a specialist. VI occurs when blood pools in the veins of your legs, making it difficult for the blood to return to your heart for recirculation.
It is estimated that 40 percent of people in the United States (often unknowingly) suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency that presents itself as spider veins or varicose veins may be a sign of more significant underlying venous disease.
Venous insufficiency can be the result of heredity, age, gender, weight, history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), pregnancy, inactivity or occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing. In addition to the visual signs, the symptoms of vein disease include: leg pain, aching, or cramping, fatigued or heavy-feeling legs, itching/burning, swollen ankles, restless legs, and—in severe cases—ulcers.
Please use this tool to help you decide whether a medical assessment by a physician who specializes in the treatment of venous insufficiency would benefit you.
Please check as many of the following boxes as appropriate:
1. At the end of the day, do your ankles or legs usually swell?
2. Have you noticed any skin discoloration around your ankles?
3. Do you have ulcers or open wounds near your ankles that just don’t seem to heal?
4. Have you noticed bulging or knotty veins in and around your private areas (buttocks, genitals)?
None of these apply to me.