Venus Reflux Disease
Understanding Venous Reflux Disease
Venous Insufficiency or Venous Disease is a progressive disorder of the circulatory system, presenting with varied symptoms which can include one or more of the following:
- Tired, heavy-feeling legs
- Leg pain, including cramping, aching or throbbing legs
- Itching or burning skin
- Jumpy or restless legs
- Varicose or twisted, ropey veins
- Swelling of feet, ankles or legs
- Changes in skin coloring, including a rash-like appearance
- Ulcers (open wounds)
- Dry skin or flaky skin
- Warm, red skin
Venous Disease begins when veins develop leaky valves which allow the blood flow returning to the heart to travel backward (Venous Reflux), increasing pressure in the veins and stretching the vein walls. Without treatment, poorly functioning or damaged veins will worsen, and may damage other functioning veins around them. The skin may begin to darken, feel leathery, and/or develop sores or deep ulcerations, which become progressively harder to heal.
It is important to know that Venous Insufficiency can be easily treated, especially if treatment is started in the early stages.