Varicose veins are large dark-colored veins visible below the surface of the skin, occur from an increase in pressure within the vein. They are the result of underlying venous disease and a sign of venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency ranges from mild forms that may be largely cosmetic and cause slight discomfort, to more severe forms that can cause venous ulcers or more serious health concerns.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
Bulging or stretching superficial leg veins
Leg pain, aching or cramping
Leg heaviness and fatigue
Leg or ankle swelling
Skin changes (darkening and/or thinning of the skin)
Ulcers, open wounds or sores