When the valves in your lower leg veins start to weaken and become damaged, blood can leak downwards and start accumulating in the lower leg veins causing swelling and leg pain, which are the first symptoms of venous insufficiency disease.
As the blood continues to accumulate over time and the blood becomes stagnant, the chances of developing blood clots and leg ulcers increases. If a blood clot travels to your lungs or to the brain, it can be fatal. And if a leg ulcer is left untreated, it can lead to leg, foot or toe amputation.
It is important for your future quality of life, to get venous insufficiency treatment as soon as you start noticing the first warning signs of venous insufficiency because venous insufficiency is a very progressive disease that only gets worse with time.