What is Venous Reflux Disease?

Venous Reflux disease develops when the valves within the legs, that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart, become damaged or diseased. This common condition affects 75 million Americans, and if left untreated can become debilitating and in some cases life-threatening.

Symptoms of Venous reflux

  • Pain in your legs (cramping or aching)
  • Throbbing
  • Heaviness
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling sensation

What Causes Venous reflux?

It is estimated that approximately 80% of all Venous Reflux disease is due to patient heredity. Other key factors include:

  • A predominately standing or sitting profession
  • Normal aging
  • Hormonal changes
Southwest Vein and Leg Vein Disease Normal Veins VS Varicose Veins

Other conditions

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins, those enlarged, curly purple veins on your legs are an unfortunate accompaniment of aging and of pregnancy. They sometimes are painful, but they always are unsightly. At Southwest Vein & Leg Center of Fort Worth, we have various treatments to get rid of your varicose veins.

Spider Veins

As the number of candles multiplies on our birthday cakes, so do little red, purple, and blue squiggly clusters of lines on our calves and ankles. Spider veins. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins usually aren’t painful, but they are a pain to look at when we put on shorts, a skirt, or a bathing suit.

Vein Mapping

When a patient is experiencing some classic symptoms of venous insufficiency—issues such as aching and heaviness in the legs, cramping, fatigue, and leg restlessness—it’s necessary to see what’s going on with the veins.

Restless Legs Syndrome

As the name implies, restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition where the person has an uncontrollable urge to move their legs.

Vein Screening

As we age, it’s typical for our legs to develop blue and purple clusters of tiny spider veins. Even a couple of larger varicose veins are not unusual. But if you have more than just a smattering of these vein issues, it may be a good idea to check and see if there’s more to the story than simple aging.

Something like venous insufficiency. At Southwest Vein & Leg Center, we use vein screening to diagnose venous insufficiency.


Call 817.235.0769 to schedule your screening and see how Southwest Vein and Leg Center’s Venous Reflux treatments can improve your health and quality of life.


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