Varicose Veins Symptoms & Diagnosis

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Symptoms of Varicose Veins

The majority of individuals will complain of leg aches at the end of the day, especially after a period of prolonged standing. Symptoms may include: feelings of leg fatigue

  • heaviness of the legs
  • aching
  • burning
  • throbbing
  • itching
  • cramping
  • restlessness of the legs

With time, darkening or hyperpigmentation around the ankles becomes a classic feature of prolonged varicose veins, and eventually ulceration.

Diagnosis of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can usually be diagnosed by a simple physical examination; however, the cause of the varicose vein requires the use of Doppler (Duplex) ultrasound.

This painless test assesses the valve function in the groin, and can also determine how much blood is flowing back into the legs. The test can also determine the structure of your leg veins, as well as the presence of blood clots in the veins. This test can take between 20-30 minutes for each leg.