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Venous insufficiency is a condition commonly associated with varicose veins. If you’ve recently sought varicose vein treatment near Houston, then your vein specialist may have diagnosed you with this condition. Watch this video to gain a better understanding of chronic venous insufficiency.

Inside of your veins are valves that help the blood in areas like your legs and ankles move back up to the heart. The valves work by opening with each pump from your heart, and closing in-between beats. This prevents blood from falling backward.

However, when these valves fail to shut properly, this can allow blood to fall downward and accumulate in the veins in your legs. Over time, this accumulation can cause your veins to stretch and elongate, resulting in varicose veins, leg swelling and pain, and skin discoloration.