What is a venous disorder?
Venous disorder is a common disease. Signs of venous diseases can be changes in the legs that are initially only cosmetically noticeable but do not cause any discomfort, such as spider veins. If left untreated, this can lead to serious diseases. If varicose veins develop, medical experts speak of varicose vein ailment or varicosis.
Many men and women in Germany suffer from chronic venous disorders. There is often a genetic predisposition. However, factors such as predominantly standing or sitting activities, overweight and too little exercise also play a role.
Heavy, tired legs, a tingling sensation or swollen ankles can indicate vein weakness. But: Those that correctly interpret the symptoms and take timely action can effectively counteract vein changes.
The venous system
While the arteries transport blood from the heart to the body, the veins transport the oxygen-deficient blood back to the heart – against gravity. This function is supported by the so-called muscle pump in the leg muscles and the venous valves. Like a valve, these prevent the blood from flowing back down the leg. If this system begins to fail, the blood pools in the legs. We develop spider veins, varicose veins, venous inflammation and, in very advanced stages, venous leg ulcers.