How Do I Know If I Have Varicose Veins?

Early symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Aching pain in the legs with tiredness and heaviness in the lower legs
  • Swelling of the ankle and lower leg
  • Throbbing or itching in the leg


A rash or skin ulceration on the ankle or lower leg may also be an indication of varicose veins. Be sure to consult your physician especially if you see large, rope like, twisted looking veins that appear deep bluish in color.

Varicose veins are common and aren't generally associated with more severe health problems. But they can be painful, embarrassing, and worsen over time. Varicose veins can cause legs and feet to swell, a sense of fatigue or restlessness in the leg muscles, and throbbing and cramping at night. The skin surrounding the veins may also itch, burn, or become discolored (hyperpigmentation). In severe cases, venous insufficiency may develop causing slow blood flow through the veins which can lead to problems like Deep Vein Thrombosis (a blood clot). Rarely, varicose veins can spontaneously break open and bleed.

Patients with venous insufficiency often benefit from medical treatment. Treating your varicose veins will alleviate the swelling and discomfort associated with them. It will also eliminate or decrease the possibility of ulcer formation that can be difficult to treat and become infected and painful. When it comes to varicose veins, early diagnosis and treatment is desirable and recommended.

Treatment options to discuss with your surgeon include:

  • Conservative measures
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Microphlebectomy
  • Vein Stripping
  • Radiofrequency Ablation

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