The heavy, dragging sensation that many with CVI experience is caused by excess blood that pools in the legs as a result of vein valve failure. The backup of blood creates pressure, causing lactic acid to build and resulting in leg pain, fatigue, and swelling.
Who Is at Risk?
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of CVI. Age is one of the biggest risk factors. Gender may also play a role—women are more likely than men to develop CVI. Individuals who work in industries that require them to spend a large part of their day standing, such as emergency medicine, teaching, retail, and foodservice, are also at risk. Additional contributing factors include pregnancy, obesity, a family history, and living a sedentary lifestyle.
How Do You Treat Heavy Legs?
Heavy legs caused by CVI can make walking or even relaxing at night uncomfortable. To combat these sensations, we recommend a few measures that may temporarily alleviate symptoms:
- Elevating legs for 15 to 30 minutes at a time, several times a day
- Wearing compression stockings to prevent blood pooling in the lower legs
While these suggestions can provide some relief, the best way to alleviate symptoms is to undergo a minimally invasive procedure to treat your CVI. Our interventional radiologist will recommend one of the following outpatient procedures that have been shown to be highly-effective in treating CVI:
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy
Heavy legs don’t have to slow you down. Reach out today to discover the right CVI treatment for you.