Common Symptoms of Venous RefluxIf you have venous reflux disease, the valves in the veins in your legs have become damaged. Blood flows downward and pools in the legs, ankles, feet, or toes. Common symptoms include:
- Varicose veins
- Calves feeling tight
- Sensations of throbbing, burning, aching, or heaviness in the legs
- Pain that feels worse if you stand up and better if you raise your legs
- Edema (swelling) in the ankles or legs
- Muscle cramps
- Leg ulcers, including venous ulcers
- Itchy legs
- Dry, rough, hardened, scarred, thickened, or discolored skin in the ankles or legs
- Restlessness or exhaustion
Risk FactorsYou may have a genetic tendency to develop venous reflux disease. Leg and ankle injuries can also cause the disease. Other risk factors include:
- Being overweight or obese
- High blood pressure
- History of blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Peripheral artery disease
- Prolonged standing
- Heavy lifting
- Being female
- Being older
- Lack of physical activity
How the Disease Is TreatedThe best treatment for venous reflux disease will depend on the type and severity of your symptoms, the expected progression of the disease, your age, your sensitivity to particular medications or procedures, and your personal preferences.
Lifestyle changesHealthy eating, weight control, walking or other exercises that strengthen the calf muscles, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, and elevating the feet three or four times a day may help manage symptoms.
Compression stockingsGet advice from a medical professional on the proper fit and pressure for your needs.
SclerotherapyIn this procedure, ultrasound imaging is used to locate veins, which are injected with a foaming substance that cuts off the blood flow, causing the veins to shrink.
Vein StrippingThis procedure removes the damaged veins.
AblationGuided by ultrasound, a catheter is used to transmit radiofrequency energy to close damaged veins.
Prevention MethodsThe same types of lifestyle changes that may help manage venous reflux disease may also help to prevent it if you don’t already have the condition:
- Get regular exercise
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Lose weight or maintain a moderate weight
- Avoid long periods of standing or sitting
- Avoid crossing your legs when you’re sitting
- Avoid lifting heavy objects or straining
- Reduce or treat high blood pressure
- Treat constipation
Get Your Varicose Veins Treated at Tri-City VeinAt Tri-City Vein Center in Phoenix, Arizona, our board-certified vascular physicians specialize in the treatment of venous reflux disease. We provide many vein treatment options so that we can create the best leg vein treatment plan for your individual needs. Call us today, or fill out the contact form on our website, to meet our vein physicians in Phoenix....
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