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What is Venous Insufficiency?

Last updated 6 years ago

The veins in the legs, fighting against gravity, have to work hard to pump blood back to the heart. In order to counter this force, these veins contain valves that restrict flow to one direction so that blood can make its way upwards. Over time these valves can become weakened due to the influence of gravity and various other factors, allowing backflow to occur in the legs. This condition is known as venous insufficiency, and it is the underlying condition behind varicose and spider veins.


Venous insufficiency is a chronic condition, though it can be managed with lifestyle changes and vein closure treatments. Those suffering from this condition may experience pain or swelling in the legs, visible bulging of veins under the skin, ulceration of the skin, or a tingling sensation. While females and particularly tall or overweight individuals are at heightened risk for developing venous insufficiency, it may simply be the result of aging in some cases. If you are diagnosed with this problem, your doctor may recommend some or all of the following treatments:

  • Superficial Vein Closure

There are several non-invasive medical procedures used to close off unhealthy veins. This can relieve inflammation and reverse aesthetic damage in the legs.

  • Compression Stockings

Specially designed stockings worn around the legs help to encourage adequate blood flow back to the heart. Your doctor can instruct you on the most effective use of these.

  • Regular Exercise

The circulatory system can benefit greatly from low-impact aerobic exercise like walking or yoga. In addition, regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, which further reduce your risk for venous insufficiency.

Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan can help relieve the symptoms of your venous insufficiency and restore a healthy look to your legs. Schedule a consultation to discuss your problem veins on our website or call us today at (212) 204-6501.


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