It is estimated that 40 percent of people in the United States (often unknowingly) suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency that presents itself as spider veins or varicose veins may be a sign of more significant underlying venous disease.
Venous insufficiency can be the result of heredity, age, gender, weight, history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), pregnancy, inactivity, or occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing.
In addition to the visual signs, the symptoms of vein disease include:
- Leg pain
- Aching or cramping
- Fatigued or heavy-feeling legs
- Itching or burning
- Swollen ankles
- Restless legs
- Venous ulcers