What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

by | Oct 19, 2015

AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead is back on the air and we cannot wait to see what happens with Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and the other survivors this season. The characters who have made it this far in the show have done so because they know a thing or two about surviving not only the undead, but also sometimes their fellow man.

Now, perhaps it won’t save your life in the event of a zombie apocalypse, but knowing about chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can allow you to save yourself some pain by recognizing when it’s time to get the professional help you can find at our office.

CVI is a condition where valves and walls in the veins of the legs do not work effectively and create difficulty in getting blood back to the heart. This condition leads to blood pooling—also called stasis—in the affected veins.

The primary symptoms of CVI include:

  • Swollen ankles and lower legs, particularly after extended periods of standing
  • Fatigue or aching in the legs
  • Itchy, flaking skin on the feet or legs
  • Skin that appears to be leathery
  • Ulceration (venous stasis ulcers)
  • New varicose veins

Treatment for CVI is most effective when the condition is in its earliest stages. In many cases, a combination of nonsurgical methods is used, including regular exercise, weight loss, compression stockings, periods of rest, leg elevation, and using skin hygiene practices. We may need to prescribe antibiotics to help with any skin infections that can develop.

As soon as you start to recognize the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, contact our Geneva, IL office. We will get you started on a treatment plan that works, so call Prairie Path Podiatry at (630) 845-3338 or schedule your appointment with us online today!