Do you ever get achy, restless feelings in your feet and legs that get worse when you lay down? The answer might be that you suffer from venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is the malfunction or failure of the venous walls that causes abnormal blood flow. Venous insufficiency can also occur when the venous valves in systemic circulation are damaged or malfunction. This type of insufficiency is referred to as “idiopathic,” which means it can occur suddenly or have an unknown cause. Here’s more information regarding damaged veins, its symptoms, and causes.
What Are the Causes of Venous Insufficiency?
The causes of venous insufficiency include:
Venous insufficiency can occur for different reasons, such as a blood clot in the leg, also known as deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot in your leg can damage a valve. Other instances and situations that can cause venous insufficiency include sitting or standing for extended periods and the lack of exercise.
What Are the Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency?
The most common symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- Aching legs
- Swelling in the ankles
- Discolored, thick skin
How Is Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?
This medical condition must be diagnosed by a professional. Here at AMC, we review your medical history, then check the blood flow and circulation in your legs using a duplex ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. We place a small device on your skin over the failing or malfunctioning vein. With the use of sound valves, we can see your blood vessels and determine which direction your blood is flowing and how quickly your blood flows.
Different Ways You Can Improve Blood Flow In Your Leg Veins
You can improve the blood flow in your leg veins by:
Movement – sitting or standing for long periods can become an issue. If you are required to sit for long periods, stretch frequently or wiggle your legs, feet, and ankles to help improve your blood flow. If you stand for long periods, take breaks to sit and rest your feet and legs. Taking sitting breaks helps lower the pressure in the veins in your legs.
Exercise – simple exercise, such as walking, is good for maintaining adequate blood flow. Walking also makes your legs stronger.
Compression stockings – Compression stockings are elastic stockings that apply pressure on your legs to help your blood circulate. These stockings are available in a variety of styles, tightness, and lengths.
How Is Venous Insufficiency Treated?
At Atlanta Medical Clinic, we treat varicose and spider veins using innovative technology, such as ClariVein®IC and sclerotherapy.
ClariVein®IC is a minimally invasive treatment that effectively treats varicose and spider veins using physician-specified agents. Learn more about our newest technology here.
Sclerotherapy uses a sclerosant solution to treat spider veins and varicose veins, which allows you to return to work sooner. Learn more about this treatment technique here.
What Are the Benefits of Vein Therapy at Atlanta Medical Clinic?
Vein therapy is performed at our clinic, so there’s no need to run from one location to the other to receive treatment.
Vein therapy involves minimally invasive treatments, which means little to no downtime and you can return to work sooner.
You receive pain relief from cramps, inflammation, and heavy legs.
You can return to your daily routine without discomfort
You can enjoy an overall improvement in your health
While improving the appearance of your legs, you also improve your self-esteem and confidence.
How Can Atlanta Medical Clinic Help?
At Atlanta Medical Clinic, we have years of experience diagnosing and treating patients who are just like you. We offer excellent service and convenience, non-surgical treatments, advanced diagnostics, and other benefits. Contact us today to learn more about our therapy options. We look forward to helping you live a pain-free lifestyle.