Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition in which blood does not travel through the leg veins back to the heart. Although it does not pose a serious health threat, it can be a disabling and painful condition. Chronic venous insufficiency typically affects individuals who are obese, pregnant or have a family history of the condition. Individuals who have suffered leg trauma as a result of injury, surgery, or blood clots are also at a higher risk to develop the condition.


The symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency may resemble other conditions so it is important to consult a physician for a proper diagnosis.

Symptoms may include:

  • swelling in legs and/or ankles
  • tightness in calves
  • itchy, painful sensations in legs
  • pain during walking that stops with rest
  • brown-colored skin, particularly near the ankles
  • varicose veins


Treatment options for chronic venous insufficiency are determined by the patient's age, overall health, medical history, extent of the disease and the specific medical condition. Treatment can include medication. For some patients, medical procedures such as sclerotherapy (a procedure involving a saline solution injection into the varicose veins that causes them to harden so that they no longer fill with blood) may be necessary. For patients with a more advanced condition, surgery may be recommended.

The UK Vascular Surgery team works together to offer patients the most up-to-date information on the latest diagnosis and treatment methods. Call 859-257-1000 or toll free 1-800-333-8874 for an appointment.


Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency of the Lower Extremities - American Heart Association 

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