Venous insufficiency comes with a variety of symptoms. The more advanced your venous disease is, the more symptoms you are likely to experience.

The Symptoms

  • Large veins that you can see just under the surface of your skin. If the skin holding these veins is smooth and not raised, the veins are spider veins. However, if the veins are raised in relation to the rest of your skin, you have varicose vein problems.
  • Mild swelling of your ankles and feet. Your legs may have difficulty removing extra fluids or may have issues with pooling blood because of your varicose veins.
  • Painful, achy or heavy legs. These often accompany swelling.
  • Uncomfortable throbbing or cramping in your legs. You may feel as though you can actually feel the blood pumping through your legs.
  • Itchiness, especially on your lower leg and ankle. This is a sign of dermatitis, but some general practitioners will mistake this for dry skin. If the itching does not go away after applying lotion, go back to the doctor or talk to one of our vein specialists to ensure you have a correct diagnosis.
  • Discolored or strangely textured skin around the varicose vein. This may be a sign of dermatitis, so be sure to have your doctor look at any discoloration or texture changes you experience.

Complications of Varicose Veins

Varicose vein problems are not without their complications. Typically, these complications occur many years after you first begin to have issues with varicose veins, but they may be what causes you to notice the vein issues in the first place.

One of the most common complications with varicose veins is dermatitis, which is an itchy rash that occurs on the skin near a varicose vein. You may notice dermatitis on your lower leg or ankle. Even though dermatitis can be very uncomfortable, you should try to avoid scratching or otherwise irritating your dermatitis as dermatitis can cause bleeding or skin ulcers to occur if it is disturbed.

Varicose veins can occasionally lead to a condition called superficial thrombophlebitis. Thrombophlebitis is a blood clot that develops within a vein, and superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot that develops in a vein that is located near the surface of your skin. This type of blood clot is not typically dangerous to your life, but it may cause pain and other issues in the vein and nearby skin.