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What is it?

Peripheral Venous Claudication

Causes leg pain while walking due to narrowed veins.

A condition known as peripheral venous claudication (PVC) occurs when blood flow is restricted by narrowed or blocked veins in the legs, resulting in pain and discomfort, frequently during activity. PVC can seem like walking uphill while carrying a big burden on your legs.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms include:

Throbbing, cramping, or aching in the legs, particularly the thighs and calves.


Leg heaviness and fatigue that makes even easy tasks challenging.


Skin discoloration in impacted areas that appears reddish-brown.


Restlessness and trouble falling asleep because of pain in the legs.


Ankle and foot swelling that is particularly noticeable at night.


Visible varicose veins on the surface of the legs, as well as bulging and twisted veins

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Diagnosis:

Physical examination: Your physician will search for varicose veins, swelling, and skin abnormalities as indicators of CVI.

Doppler ultrasound: This medical procedure measures blood flow in your veins and detects obstructions using sound waves.

Ankle-brachial index (ABI): This test measures how well your veins are functioning by comparing the blood pressure in your ankle and arm.

Typical therapy alternatives include the following:

Changes to lifestyle: Wearing compression stockings, leg elevation, consistent exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can all help to improve circulation and lessen discomfort.


Medication: Painkillers and blood thinners can help control symptoms and avoid problems.


Procedures with minimal invasiveness: Narrowed veins can be opened using balloon angioplasty or stenting.


Surgery: To build a new blood flow conduit, vein bypass surgery can be required if all other methods are unsuccessful.


Early detection and treatment are essential to avoid problems such as blood clots and ulcers on the skin. Do not hesitate to see a doctor if you encounter any PVC symptoms. You may live a pain-free life and walk with confidence if you take charge of your vein health.

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