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Shin Splints or Venous Insufficiency?

If you’ve been feeling a dull ache in your lower leg(s), you may have wondered if it could be a symptom of venous insufficiency, which is often characterized by this kind of pain. But circulation isn’t the only cause—the common athletic condition shin splints is also accompanied by an ache in the lower leg(s). Here’s how to tell the difference.

After writing about it for a year and a half, I built up quite a bit of knowledge about vein disease and its causes, symptoms, and treatments. But when Dr. Bunker diagnosed me with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) this spring, I experienced some interesting daily realities that all of the medical information in the world couldn’t have prepared me for.

Here are 5 things I never knew about vein disease until I was diagnosed: