Not all varicose veins bulge or rise above the surface of the skin. Some varicose veins are located deep within the leg and invisible on the surface. Leaky valves within the vein and weakened vein walls can lead to the accumulation of blood in the leg. Due to the buildup of pressure from this pooling of blood, a person may experience leg aching, swelling, and fatigue. Typically symptoms of varicose veins worsen as the day goes on, especially when standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Here are some facts about leg pain caused by varicose veins:
Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Not all varicose veins are visible on the skin’s surface. Internal varicose veins found deep within the leg can cause just as many problems as superficial veins.
- Leg pain as a result of varicose veins will worsen after prolonged periods of standing or sitting.
- Leg pain caused by varicose veins will often improve with the elevation of both feet above the heart for 10 to 15 minute increments.
- Patients often describe leg pain from varicose veins as a heaviness or deep ache.
- A simple physical exam and diagnostic ultrasound scan can usually identify malfunctioning veins in the leg to determine if this is the cause of leg pain.
- You don’t have to live with pain and discomfort caused by varicose veins. There are many options for minimally invasive treatment. If there is a true presence of venous disease the procedure is often covered by insurance.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as leg aching, swelling or fatigue and you notice symptoms worsen with standing or sitting – it is time to be evaluated. While leg pain is a common symptom of varicose veins, only a trained physician can determine the root cause of your symptoms. While most varicose veins do not pose a significant health risk, it is important to monitor symptoms to avoid the escalation into a complication such as leg or foot ulcers.
The bottom line is tired and achy legs may not be simply the outcome of aging or a busy lifestyle. Talk with your physician about your symptoms and if varicose veins are the culprit, schedule a consult with one of the seven experienced vascular physicians at Knoxville’s Premier Vein Clinics by calling (865) 588-8229 or visit us online.