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Symptoms of Venous Disease and Varicose Veins

Varicose are large, rope-like veins that are generally the diameter of ¼ inch or larger and possess deteriorated or diseased valves. These occasionally appear to budge, twist or contain a much darker pigment. For some patients, varicose veins are merely a cosmetic abnormality, but the majority of individuals can suffer serious discomfort and pain that may affect a person’s ability to experience normal activities on a day-to-day basis, such as walking upstairs or prolonged standing. The presence of varicose veins are often an indication of a further underlying condition known as chronic venous insufficiency (venous disease).

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

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

Normally these symptoms can be aggravated further by long periods of standing up and will worsen in warmer weather.