What is venous insufficiency?
This occurs due to damaged veins that become ineffective at transporting blood in your legs back to the heart against gravity. This is known as chronic venous insufficiency and it affects nearly 1 out every 4 individuals to some degree. With time, poor venous circulation in legs leads to increased pooling of blood in the legs and ultimately inflammatory changes in the skin. Early on, patients may notice that skin in the affected area feels tight, itchy, or irritated. This is referred to as Stasis Dermatitis (inflammatory skin condition to due to stagnant blood in the legs).
Untreated vein disease can progress and the skin will undergo further changes with thickening or thinning, discolor and even break causing skin ulcerations that can be difficult to heal.
If you are concerned about the possibility of vein disease, find your nearest vein specialist today for an appointment.