Venous insufficiency is a painful medical condition that occurs when the vein valves in your legs are not able to perform properly. This condition commonly leads to the development of high blood pressure, blood clots, varicose and spider veins and deep vein thrombosis. In addition to these painful side effects, venous insufficiency can also cause you to develop lipodermatosclerosis.
Lipodermatosclerosis is a serious medical condition that affects the skin on your lower legs. Since it is a type of inflammation that forms in the fat cells directly under the skin, it usually only occurs in patients that are overweight or obese. If you are able to maintain a healthy weight with your venous insufficiency, then your odds of developing the condition are very small.
The condition will begin as an acute condition that occurs without warning. If you are suffering from acute lipodermatosclerosis, then you will notice episodes of painful leg inflammation. The skin on your legs will also be red, warm and extremely tender during these episodes. These painful symptoms will go away on their own after a short period of time.
If you are getting regular episodes of painful inflammation in your legs, then you are likely suffering from chronic lipodermatosclerosis. In addition to the symptoms associated with acute lipodermatosclerosis, you may also notice skin hardening, scaly skin, increased pigmentation, small, white scars, varicose veins and vein ulcers. If you have been suffering from this condition for an extended period of time, then you may also notice that the shape of your lower legs has changed. This change in appearance is commonly compared to a bowling pin or an upside-down wine bottle.
The exact cause of lipodermatosclerosis is not known, but it only occurs when there is raised pressure in the leg veins. Since it takes time for this extra pressure in the lower legs to develop, the condition commonly only affects people that are middle-aged.
The best way to cure the painful symptoms caused by lipodermatosclerosis is by attempting to remove the extra pressure in the leg veins. The good news is that there are various treatments available that are designed to do this. The team at the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg is committed to helping people in the Edinburg, McAllen, Palmhurst and Pharr areas with their venous issues. If you have unwanted symptoms, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at our office. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.