Varicose veins usually present first as visible, twisting veins that appear on the surface of the skin. They may be blue or purple and they may bulge above the skin’s surface. These veins commonly appear on the lower part of the legs, since this is the location of the veins most likely to become overworked and damaged.
While varicose veins often begin as a cosmetic concern, they are a sign of a more serious vein condition. Some patients will also develop uncomfortable symptoms with their varicose veins, which may only be relieved through treatment for chronic venous insufficiency. Symptoms may range from moderate to severe symptoms, depending on the severity and duration of the chronic venous insufficiency.
Moderate symptoms of venous insufficiency and varicose veins might include:
- Pain, achiness and throbbing in the lower legs
- Legs that feel fatigued by the end of the day
- Swelling of the lower legs, ankles and feet
- Burning or itching of the skin around the varicose veins
- Leg restlessness and cramping, especially at night
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Occasional cramps in the middle of the night
If chronic venous insufficiency is left unchecked, more severe symptoms can appear, such as:
- Severe leg pain and achiness
- Frequent leg cramps in the middle of the night
- Dermatitis (skin rash)
- Chronic swelling of the lower legs, ankles and feet
- Brown discoloration of the skin
- Skin sores, which can progress to venous ulcers
- Hemorrhaging (bleeding)
- Formation of blood clots in superficial or deep leg veins
Treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency tends to be more successful when it is performed in the earlier stages of the disease. That’s why it is best to see a vein specialist at the first sign of a vein condition. For more information about the symptoms of varicose veins, or to schedule an evaluation of your condition, contact Advanced Vein Care Center.
We are happy to discuss possible treatments for your vein condition and disorder symptoms. To schedule a personal consultation please call our Springfield, MA office phone at 413.732.4242 or use the form below.