Initial symptoms may include heavy, painful legs and swollen ankles. If untreated, venous insufficiency can quickly develop into varicose veins. People with varicose veins tend to get inflammation of the veins. The disturbed blood flow in the enlarged veins may cause inflammatory changes to the vein wall. The affected area then becomes very painful, red and hot. These symptoms if not treated efficiently may also lead to thrombosis and ulcers. Being proactive at the first sign of problems is important, compression stockings are a simple but very effective way to relieve or prevent venous problems. Contact one of our participating locations to have your legs assessed by our certified Pedorthist today!