Four not-so-obvious signs venous insufficiency is causing your leg problems.

Most people associate “having a vein problem” with bulging varicose veins and zig-zaggy spider veins. But there are less obvious symptoms and conditions, including restless legs, night cramps, ankle discoloration (“brown ankles”), and ankle ulcers that often go undiagnosed or are treated improperly or not at all because venous insufficiency is not considered as a possible source of the problem.  

Restless legs is mainly characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs, accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations, such as creeping, pulling, and tugging.  Nighttime cramps (“charley horses”) are sudden spasms or tightening of the calf muscles, thigh or foot. Both tend to strike just as you are dozing off or just waking up.

When venous insufficiency – the backward flow of blood through the veins — is left unchecked, pressure within the vein walls can build to a point where red blood cells come apart and the iron in the hemoglobin “stains” the delicate, thinner skin in the ankle area, causing it to turn brown or red. Left unchecked, the area becomes itchy, dry and prone to infection, which leads to ulcer formation. Unfortunately, it is often not until venous insufficiency has progressed to this stage that it is finally diagnosed.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, a simple ultrasound of your legs can determine if venous insufficiency is present or not. Today’s highly efficient, minimally invasive procedures target the insufficiency at its source to immediately relieve you of your symptoms and restore vein health.


4 thoughts on “Four not-so-obvious signs venous insufficiency is causing your leg problems.

  1. Veronica Mendietta said :

    I am 34 years old and am obese, suffer from severe rheumatoid arthritis (currently not managed well with lots of steroids), not diabetic and had never heard of chronic venous insufficiency until I had my accident. I fell down some stair and hit my shin and side of my left leg pretty hard. I thought the lumps were just bruises, after a visit with my PCP and 2 ER visits, I was transferred by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital and received emergency surgery for inter muscular hematoma and staph infection. I was discharged on Monday and went to my followup with the surgeon to remove my drains, it was at this time that he said I have a venous insufficiency ulcer and am going to require long term wound care. How could I have not known that I have this. He stated that I should see a vein specialist as soon as possible to make sure that this doesn’t happen again in the future. Please help. I had gastric bypass in January 2014 and have already lost 85lbs to try and change my lifestyle and be healthier. I thought I was making progress until this came up.

  2. Loretta Andrews said :

    I am 68 yrs old and I am not diabetic

  3. Loretta Andrews said :

    leg leg swells and pain

  4. Mary A.Phariss said :

    I have problems with bad leg cramps at night and have tried everything possible. I am also a diabetic and 60yrs old. I just learned about your center and would like to know if you take BlueCross/BlueShield of Texas-Activecare 2 Insurance? I definitely have some of the other symptoms too but I am very concerned because I am a diabetic, I have had this problem for about a yr. Please! I need help.

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