Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) happens when the valves that pump blood back to your heart become damaged and stop working, causing blood to pool in the legs.

  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles, especially after extended periods of standing
  • Aching or tiredness in the legs
  • New varicose veins
  • Leathery-looking skin on the legs
  • Flaking or itching skin on the legs or feet
  • Stasis ulcers (or venous stasis ulcers)

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and valve damage may occur as the result of:

  • aging
  • extended sitting or standing
  • reduced mobility
  • weakened valves
  • blood clots (or deep vein thrombosis, AKA DVT)