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Symptoms of Venous Disease and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, rope-like veins which are generally ¼ inch or larger in diameter and possess diseased or deteriorated valves. These sometimes appear to twist or budge and contain a much darker pigment. For some patient’s varicose veins present merely a cosmetic abnormality, but the majority of patients can suffer significant pain or discomfort that can affect a person’s ability to complete normal activities of daily living such as walking upstairs or prolonged standing. The presence of varicose veins are typically an indication of a further underlying condition known as chronic venous insufficiency (venous disease).

Symptoms that have been associated with chronic venous insufficiency / varicose veins of the lower extremities include:

  • Pain
  • Aching and uncomfortable “fatigued” legs
  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Throbbing or burning in your legs
  • Severe itchiness or dryness
  • Skin color changes
  • Muscle cramping in your legs (particularly at night)
  • Restless legs
  • Varicose veins / spider veins
  • Bleeding and/or ulceration

Typically if you have these symptoms, they are aggravated further by standing up for long periods of time and will be worse in warmer weather.