Venous Disorders

What Are Venous Disorders?

Venous insufficiency is caused by a series of disorders in the vein including when the valves of the veins fail to function properly. This interferes with venous return and causes blood to pool in the veins. Venous insufficiency can become more chronic and lead to spider veins, varicose veins, phlebitis, blood clots, and changes in the skin. The most serious disorder is a venous leg ulcer. Chronic Venous Disorders (CVD) is a collective term used to describe a long-standing condition involving impaired venous return in varying degrees of severity.

According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, "A large U.S. survey, the Framingham study, reported that 27 percent of the American adult population had some form of venous disease in their legs. It is estimated that at least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins."

Symptoms of CVD include:

  • Edema (swelling)
  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs
  • Pain or cramps in the calves
  • Skin discolorations
  • Dermatitis (skin problems)
  • Dry or weeping eczema
  • Venous leg ulcer
  • Visible Veins

A feeling of discomfort in your legs may be a sign of an underlying venous disorder. These symptoms include tired and achy legs. You may experience them especially when sitting or standing for prolonged hours.

 

Your physician can help determine your underlying condition and determine the correct treatment for you.

 

More Information About Venous Disorders:

Spider veins:  Those are small, dilated superficial veins (also known as telangiectasia). They may be located in different areas of the leg. When found on thighs, they mostly represent just an esthetic problem. However, when located at the ankle, they may represent a serious venous insufficiency. A visit to your physician can detect a possible venous insufficiency. And finally, for esthetic reasons, spider veins can be removed by various simple procedures. After this treatment, 20 to 30 mmHg SIGVARIS compression stockings have proven to help maintain results.

Varicose veins: Varicose veins are the sign of a more serious venous disease. A varicose vein is a dilated and tortuous superficial vein with defective valves. As a result, the blood in these veins flows backward. This condition is known as blood reflux. Varicose veins can be painful, or on the contrary totally painless. We can find them on the foot, the calf, the thigh or on the entire leg. If not treated varicose veins can lead to serious complications. SIGVARIS MEDICAL compression stockings help to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

Edema: Edema is the medical term for swelling. The edema of the foot and the ankle occurs when the blood stagnates in the superficial and deep veins in the lower part of the leg. The capillaries can no longer play their role. Water and waste build up in the skin in the lower leg and induce a venous edema (swelling of the foot and the ankle). However, not all edemas are of venous origin. Consult your physician for a proper diagnosis. Wearing SIGVARIS compression stocking will reduce or completely eliminate edema. The pressure required will be determined by the physician as it depends on the underlying condition.

Dermatitis: The waste built-up leads to tissue damage, and consequently to inflammatory reactions such as eczema. This is an example of what specialists call stasis dermatitis. SIGVARIS MEDICAL compression stockings can rapidly improve itching and help heal the condition.

Leg ulcer: A Venous Leg Ulcer is an open wound that usually forms near the ankle due to chronic poor circulation. The ulcer has a weeping, raw appearance  and the skin surrounding the ulcer is dry, itchy, and reddish-brownish in color. Venous leg ulcers are usually slow to heal.

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