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Symptoms of Vein Problems

Your legs contain a network of veins responsible for carrying blood back to your heart. Superficial veins (near the surface of the skin) connect to perforating veins.

Perforating veins carry blood from the superficial veins to the deep veins of the thigh and calf. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart.

Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing from the legs back to the heart become damaged or diseased. This can cause blood to pool in your legs, which can lead to a progression of symptoms.

Symptoms of vein problems include the following:
  • Dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in legs
  • Itching and tingling
  • Pain that gets worse when standing
  • Pain that gets better when legs are raised
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Redness of the legs and ankles
  • Skin color changes around the ankles
  • Varicose veins on the surface (superficial)
  • Thickening and hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles (lipodermatosclerosis)
  • Ulcers on the legs and ankles
  • Wound that is slow to heal on the legs or ankles
Skin Changes
Spider Veins
Varicose Veins
Venous Ulcers


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