Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive vein disease commonly found in women over the age of 50, or in individuals who spend excessive amounts of time on their feet. Because the condition leads to poor circulation and numerous other painful or uncomfortable symptoms, it is important for individuals who believe they may have CVI to consult an interventional radiologist who specializes in varicose veins treatment and other vein diseases. They are the most qualified doctors to treat the condition.
In mild cases of CVI, compression stockings may be recommended. Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the legs to increase blood flow and aid in the prevention of blood pooling. They work by squeezing the leg veins to prevents blood from flowing backwards and collecting in the legs. Compression stockings may help with numerous symptoms related to CVI, including leg pain, swelling, heaviness and fatigue, restless leg syndrome and leg cramps. Compression stockings are also used for varicose veins treatment with or without ulcers.
Your doctor may also recommend elevating your legs several times a day for 15 to 30 minutes to help drain blood. Elevation encourages blood that has collected in your legs to flow back toward the heart and will temporarily reduce pressure and the symptoms caused by pressure buildup.
Interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive treatments that thwart the progression of the vein disease and improve circulation in the legs. Minimally invasive venous insufficiency treatments are safe, outpatient procedures that require minimal recovery time and yield promising results. Those most commonly recommended for CVI include: