Venous stasis is a medical issue caused by chronic venous insufficiency, insufficient blood flow. When the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins do not work effectively, it is difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs. This causes blood to “pool” or collect in these veins. This pooling is called stasis.
Early symptoms of venous stasis may include itching, cramping, changes in skin color, swollen ankles, or aching. Longer term symptoms include varicose veins and skin sores.
The risk of venous stasis increases with age, weight, lack of physical activity, smoking, and a family history of issues such as varicose veins. Women are more likely to experience venous stasis than men.
When veins, primarily those in the leg, cannot return blood to the heart, some blood and fluids pool in the legs leading to venous stasis, sometimes called venous insufficiency. A major cause for venous stasis is extended periods of immobility which may come from driving, flying, bed rest/hospitalization, or having an orthopedic cast. When the valves in the veins of the leg don't work effectively fluid pools in the legs. This can lead to problems that include varicose veins.
The most effective option is to avoid sitting for long periods of time. Increased exercise, particularly walking around, is an option to reduce venous stasis symptoms. Another option when sleeping is to keep legs elevated. Compression stockings, ones that put more pressure on ankles and less at the top of the leg, often can provide a long-term solution.
The Concierge Podiatry Advantage
At Concierge Podiatry, we have devised a protocol for patients with venous stasis that involves two treatments:
- Application of a venous heart dressing for a period of four days to one week. This squeezes accumulated fluid from the lower leg, allowing improved circulation and eliminating the inflammation that often accompanies the disease
- Laser treatment to reduce inflammation in the lymphatic system and further reduce leg swelling
For most patients, this combined treatment is successful. In more severe cases, patients are referred to a vascular specialist.
- Contact Concierge Podiatry for an appointment
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