What are the symptoms of venous insufficiency? [Dr. Donikyan]

Q: What are the symptoms of venous insufficiency? 

A: People who come in with venous insufficiency will most typically present with swelling in their legs. They may have large varicose veins or spider veins, will feel a tight feeling in their legs, and sometimes people will describe an itchy feeling in their legs. With varicose veins, they will feel a lot of pain, especially when they are standing and those veins become much more engorged. There may be skin discoloration down near the ankles; the skin sort of turns a brown kind of color. The skin also starts to dry out and become a lot less smooth and soft to touch. The hairs on their ankles and lower legs will also start to fall off and won’t be there anymore. It is possible they will develop sores that are difficult to heal. Another common symptom is painful leg cramps at night; a charley horse feeling that may wake them up in the middle of the night, so that they have to get up and walk around in order for the cramps to go away.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Donikyan of the Fishkill Endovascular Center as he explains more about Venous Insufficiency:

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