Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose vein symptoms vary from person to person. Varicose veins are caused by weak vein walls and valves, which allow blood to flow backward and pool in the vein. They often appear twisted, bulging, and bluish in color. Some people may experience no other symptoms other than the appearance of varicose veins, while other people may experience a variety of painful symptoms.

Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose veins most often occur in the legs. Common symptoms associated with varicose veins in the legs include:

  • Achy or heavy feeling
  • Burning, throbbing, or cramping
  • Itchy legs, especially around the ankle
  • Pain or swelling after sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time
  • Discolored skin around the vein

Relief from Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose veins do not go away without treatment. Left untreated, varicose veins often become worse. However, there are some simple lifestyle changes, which can help reduce painful varicose vein symptoms:

  • Regular exercise, which helps to increase blood flow throughout the legs
  • Elevating legs, which reduces the strain of gravity on the veins
  • Wearing compression stockings, which support the veins and maintain blood flow while reducing swelling

Visiting an Interventional Radiologist

If your varicose vein symptoms are causing you pain and discomfort, visit an interventional radiologist to learn more about treatment options. Interventional radiologists go through extensive training in medical imaging as well as minimally invasive procedures, like varicose vein treatments. An interventional radiologist is qualified to diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including varicose veins and the associated symptoms.

Vein Consultation

Do you have painful varicose vein symptoms? Schedule a free leg vein screening with Minneapolis Vein Center to learn more about the treatment options that are best for you. Our vein experts will create a custom treatment plan to help you achieve the results you want.


Contact Us


Minneapolis Vein Center
2800 Campus Drive, Suite 20
Plymouth, MN 55441
Phone: (763) 398-8710
Fax: (763) 398-8711

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