What Are Your Veins Telling You?


Venous insufficiency is a common medical condition that affects over 40 million Americans. Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins cannot sufficiently return blood from the legs back to the heart. This occurs when the valves within the veins fail to push the blood in a one-way direction, allowing for backflow and pooling of the blood. When this occurs, our veins have a few ways of letting us know.

Symptoms of venous insufficiency

Based on the symptoms you’re experiencing, your veins may be telling you that something is wrong. Often, venous insufficiency will manifest in the form of visible varicose veins and spider veins. Other common signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency include:

  • Leg pain, aching, cramping or restlessness
  • Burning or itching of the skin
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Heavy feelings in the legs
  • Skin discoloration or texture changes
  • Open wounds or sores
  • Tight feelings in the calves
  • Venous ulcers (only in very severe cases)

Risk factors associated with venous insufficiency

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s likely you are suffering from venous insufficiency that should be evaluated by a vein specialist. Additionally, there are a few factors that can increase your risk for developing venous insufficiency. These include:

  • Occupation that requires prolonged sitting or standing
  • Trauma or injury to the affected leg
  • Family history of vein disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Obesity

The team at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic offers a wide variety of minimally invasive treatments to get your veins healthy again. Whatever vein problem you may be facing, we are here to help. Call us today at (877) 999-7912 to schedule your first consultation.