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Venous insufficiency

  • Alternative Names

    Chronic venous insufficiency


    Take the following steps to help manage venous insufficiency:

    • Use compression stockings to decrease chronic swelling.
    • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing. Even moving your legs slightly will help the blood in your veins return to your heart.
    • Care for wounds aggressively if any skin breakdown or infection occurs.

    Surgery (varicose vein stripping) or noninvasive treatments for varicose veins may be recommended if you have:

    • Leg pain, often described as heavy or tired
    • Skin ulcers or sores caused by poor blood flow in the veins
    • Thickening and hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles (lipodermatosclerosis)

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)


    Calling your health care provider