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Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Veins bring oxygen-depleted blood from the organs and tissues to the heart and lungs, often against the force of gravity. Blood flow through the veins tends to be passive and is enabled by muscle contraction in the arms and legs. Diseases of the veins fall into two broad categories: blockage of the veins (thrombosis) and inadequate venous flow (insufficiency). There are various signs and symptoms that our Monmouth County vein specialists can use to determine whether there is a problem with this flow of blood through the veins, particularly the type caused by venous insufficiency.

Typical symptoms associated with vein disease as a result of insufficiency include some or all of the below:

  • Appearance of abnormal veins on the skin surface, most commonly seen on the backs of the calves or the insides of the legs. In some cases these can also be found on the pelvis, esophagus, uterus, vagina or rectum. Varicose veins appear as abnormal, dilated blood vessels with bulges visible to the naked eye. Spider veins are thin red capillaries that are found around the varicose veins.
  • Pain that gets worse on standing and subsides when the legs are raised
  • Aching, throbbing legs with a burning sensation.
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles
  • Itchy, red, inflamed skin that tends to be dry and thin over the affected vein
  • A brownish discoloration of the skin over the affected vein
  • Leg cramps at night that are not due to low salt levels in the body
  • Bleeding and ulceration in the legs

  • Our Vein doctors in Ocean County have noticed that these symptoms tend to get worse when patients stand up for long periods of time or in warm weather. Individuals that experience any of the above problems are urged to book a consultation to discuss vein disease treatment in Monmouth County.