Chronic venous disease
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CHRONIC VENOUS DISEASE
Chronic venous disease is a common condition that affects the veins in the legs. These veins are responsible of sending the blood back to the heart. Normal veins have valves that open and close to direct the blood from the surface of the legs towards the deep leg veins, from which the calf muscle pumps the blood back to the heart.
If the valves in these veins fail to work properly, there is a blockage or the calf muscles don’t work properly, blood will flow backwards and pool in the legs. The pooled blood can then increase the pressure in the affected veins.
Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency:
- Heavy and tired legs
- Painfull and aching legs
- Leg swelling
- Visible leg veins (spider, reticular and varicose)
- Skin changes
- Venous ulcers
Is there a condition which a client cannot wear compression stockings:
- Arterial insufficiency
- Uncontrolled heart failure
- Active infection of the limb