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4 Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Most people with varicose veins are aware of the obvious symptoms — the thick cords of blue and purple veins that protrude from the skin. But some may be unaware of the symptoms that often accompany varicose veins. Here are some lesser-known symptoms that could indicate varicose veins and associated venous conditions.


Itchy legs, particularly on a person’s lower legs and ankles, can be one of the many symptoms of varicose veins, according to the National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, some people misinterpret this symptom as a case of dry skin. Varicose veins and other vein problems could very well be contributing to an itchy rash that doctors refer to as dermatitis, the NIH explains.

Swelling of Feet and Ankles

While the swelling associated with varicose veins may be mild, chronic ankle swelling may indicate an associated venous condition called venous reflux disease, or venous insufficiency. This condition happens when veins in the legs fail to return blood back to the heart in an efficient manner, causing blood to pool in the calf and ankle. The resulting swelling can cause pain and red or purple discoloration. Those who have pain and swelling associated with varicose veins should see a health care professional right away.

Throbbing and Muscle Cramping in the Legs

Throbbing or cramping in the legs can be another symptom of varicose veins. Sometimes self-care including exercise, elevating your legs or wearing compression stockings can help relieve some of this pain and keep it from worsening, according to Mayo Clinic.

A Heavy Feeling in Your Legs

Many people with varicose veins also report a heavy, tired feeling in their legs. This feeling is particularly noticeable for people who stand for long periods of time at work or who sit for hours on end, such as during a long flight or train ride.

In Conclusion

To find out if EVLT or microphlebectomy are good solution for your varicose veins, contact Via Vascular. Our team of board-certified radiologists specializes in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment as an alternative to surgery for both varicose veins and spider veins. For more information or to set up an appointment, give us a call at (206) 525-8346.

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