In many cases, varicose veins occur superficially and simply pose a cosmetic concern. However, varicose veins can also develop deeper in the body and cause burning or throbbing, muscle cramps, particularly at night, itchy skin over the affected area, skin discoloration, and heaviness or fatigue in the legs.
In these cases, patients experience associated pain and discomfort that can affect their daily functioning and quality of life.
Continue reading for our guide to varicose vein pain and associated conditions.
Varicose vein pain often affects the legs and lower extremities and presents as heaviness, aching, or throbbing. Severity can vary from patient to patient and should always be assessed by a skilled and experienced vein specialist.
When a varicose vein becomes inflamed, it can result in blood clots and associated symptoms. These can include leg pain, heat, hardness, and skin discoloration.
Varicose veins can dilate to the point that they burst causing venous leg ulcers. Consequently, blood pools, toxins build-up, pressure increases, and an ulcer develops. Additionally, varicose veins have the potential to tear skin, causing a wound and significant pain.
Varicose veins may also disrupt lymphatic flow and hinder the removal of toxins from the body, producing swelling in legs and toes.
What’s more, patients with lymphedema are at an increased risk for cellulitis – a skin infection that causes inflammation of soft tissue.
Dermatitis is dermatological condition often associated with varicose vein pain. It can cause itching and inflammation around the lower legs and ankles.
Additionally, dermatitis is associated with bleeding, painful ulcers, and sores and makes skin prone to infection.
If you are experiencing varicose veins and/or leg pain, please contact the Vein Center of Maryland today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced vein specialists.