Symptoms of varicose veins and other vein diseases come in many forms and should be taken seriously. Symptoms such as bulging veins, blue veins, and enlarged veins can be indicative of an underlying condition (venous reflux), which can progressively get worse over time if not treated.

If the varicose vein has become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch you should seek the attention of the doctor. Sores and rashes on the leg and near the ankle are also strong indications of circulation problems and you should consult with an experienced physician. If you are experiencing such symptoms call toll-free at 866.238.0131 today for an appointment.

Most vein symptoms are worse at the end of the day, in hot weather and after prolonged periods of standing or sitting. Many women experience worse vein symptoms around the time of their menstrual period. Leg elevation, aerobic activity, and compression stockings can help to alleviate symptoms. Click for more information on exercises, dietary changes, and alternative conservative therapies.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms in your legs, you may want to consider being evaluated by a vein specialist who can differentiate vein disease from mere cosmetic concerns:

Swelling On Leg


Swelling or edema may occur in the lower part of the leg, usually around the ankle or in the feet. This is often more pronounced after longer periods of standing or sitting. Swelling often indicates vein problems occurring below the surface of the skin. An evaluation by a vein specialist should be sought. Unexplained pain or swelling in a leg can be indicative of blood clots. Varicose veins alone usually do not cause swelling of the legs.

Bulging Veins and Enlarged Veins

Bulging Veins and Enlarged Veins

Bulging veins that are swollen and raised above the skin surface (generally called 'varicose veins') can occur anywhere on the leg, but are most often found on the inner thigh and/or the inner lower leg or calf. These may often be described as 'ropey' or cord-like in appearance. Varicose veins are often accompanied with additional symptoms such as achy, heavy feeling legs; burning, throbbing, and muscle cramping; itching around one or more of your veins; skin ulcers near the ankle. All signs of which may be indicators of more severe forms of vascular disease and should result in seeing a physician.

Ruptured Surface Vein


Bleeding may be due to a ruptured surface vein or more rarely be associated with a venous ulcer, one of the most severe forms of vein disease. This most often occurs on the lower leg or ankle. You should elevate your leg, apply pressure over the bleeding site, and seek medical help immediately.

Other Symptoms

  • Burning or Throbbing Veins - Sensations of muscles cramping and veins that may be warm to the touch.
  • Skin Discoloration - Change of skin color (darkening) in areas around the affected veins. Can be brown or red and is often shiny. Certain conditions may cause whitening or hardening of the skin.
  • Leg Pain - Severe tenderness of your veins, especially when sensitive to touch.
  • Tired, Heavy, Aching Feeling - Often a dull achiness that feels worse at night.
  • Itching - An irritated rash or strong itching sensation on or near your veins. This may lead to severely dry skin and can be a form of eczema.
  • Numbness - Lack of sensation or a tingling feeling.


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