Venous reflux, also called venous insufficiency, is a medical condition that affects blood flow in the lower extremities.
Your legs are made up of a network of veins. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased.
When these one way valves fail, blood pools in the legs and puts pressure on the veins. This causes swelling and other symptoms, and can lead to complications if left untreated.
Venous reflux often creates varicose veins, discolored and swollen veins that affect more than 25 million Americans.
Do I Have Venous Reflux?
If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed below, you may have venous reflux. Give us a call or fill out our consultation form so we can schedule a consultation and help evaluate your symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
- Leg pain, aching, tired or weak legs, especially after long periods of standing or sitting
- Burning or itching of the skin
- Varicose veins
- Swollen legs and/or swollen ankles (edema)
- Skin ulcers
- Discoloration and texture changes of the skin
Am I at Risk?
Over 25 million Americans suffer from venous reflux and almost 7 million experience serious symptoms such as venous ulcers, edema, and skin discoloration or texture changes. Estimates say that in America, 42% of men and 72% of women will deal with varicose veins by the time they reach their 60s.
This disease can significantly impact a person’s lifestyle, especially if you have to sit or stand for long periods of time. Research suggests that over 2 million workdays are lost every year in the US due to this condition.