Symptoms of varicose veins in the legs

One of the most common diseases affecting the circulatory system is varicose veins. According to official medical statistics, this pathology occurs in almost everyone, especially in the older age group. At the same time, most of them start treatment at a stage when the disease enters an advanced stage.

On the one hand, this is due to the lack of understanding that varicose veins are quite dangerous and can cause serious complications, on the other hand, by not knowing the signs of the development of this pathology. That is why the question of symptoms and how to determine varicose veins is relevant?

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are a pathological condition of the veins, which manifests itself, most often, on the lower part of the legs. The disease is characterized by deformation of blood vessels, their swelling. The veins rotate strongly, there is significant elongation and expansion.

At the same time, varicose "knots" begin to form, as the valve device is disrupted. But in the early stages, a "cobweb" of veins appears.

photos of varicose veins with varicose veins at different stages

At the same time, many people believe that the main danger of this disease is the loss of aesthetics. But in fact, this is not entirely true, because neglected pathology is the cause of serious disorders of the circulatory system, and in some cases leads to loss of mobility. That is why varicose veins in the lower legs, its symptoms and treatment are one of the most common and demanded medical topics.

However, at present, the topic of signs of the development of this pathology is relevant, because most sick people turn to a specialist quite late, because they do not know exactly how the disease manifests itself.

This pathology is most often found in women over 30 years of age, they are a risk group. However, the disease manifests itself in men, and has very similar symptoms that you need to know to prevent the development of the disease.

Symptoms of the disease

Signs of varicose veins are a topic of concern, because the complex diagnosis and treatment of pathology at an early stage allows you to avoid serious consequences in the future. Phlebologists cover the main symptoms of the disease:

  • manifestations of pain in the lower part of the foot, the foot begins to "twist", there is a constant feeling of heaviness;
  • prolonged burning sensation in the veins;
  • in the morning and evening, significant swelling is observed, while often most of the swelling appears in the lower leg area, but can also "go down" to the foot area;
  • there is intensive vein expansion, a feature called "mesh" appears. ;
  • at a later stage of development of this pathology, the affected area acquires a dark color, the skin becomes denser, marked seals appear;
  • with advanced varicose veins, trophic abscesses develop.
stage of development of venous insufficiency with varicose veins

To identify the visual symptoms of varicose veins on the legs, photos are shown, based on which you can identify the pathology at an early stage and seek help from a specialist.

Note!Subsequently launched varicose veins can cause complete restriction of mobility.

The stage is running

The symptoms of the disease described above are the main ones, however, there are also a group of rarer symptoms, which, as a rule, appear at a later stage and in cases when the disease has passed the stage of trophic changes. These symptoms include:

  • an increase in the area covered by the deformity, so that the pathology can "descend" on the feet and legs;
  • skin becomes dry, cracked, exfoliation occurs;
  • epidermis turns blue;
  • chaotic age spots appear;
  • seals with different densities and weights are formed.

Moreover, if these symptoms are added: increased body temperature, chills, limb tremors, feelings of fatigue, then the disease has moved to a new level, may be accompanied by inflammatory processes, and should be done by a specialist as soon as possible. Varicose veins can cause dangerous complications.

How to determine

Since varicose veins are a fairly common disease, many people wonder how you can still define this disease in practice.

One of the first conditions is to examine your feet carefully for visual changes; many symptoms of varicose veins on the legs are shown in the photos in our article.

varicose veins in the legs

By comparing visual conditions, you can easily identify this pathology.

However, it should be noted that obvious visual deformation occurs at a later stage.

In addition, these signs may not appear for a long time if the skin is thick, thick, or has excessive hair.

Currently, phlebologists identify several practical recommendations for identifying varicose veins:

  • One of the most effective methods of diagnosing the disease is to feel the veins in the lower part of the leg in a relaxed state. If there is this disease, the vessel will have a winding shape, have a denser structure.
  • The next way is to observe the condition of the veins in a cartilage state, while standing. As a rule, if there is a lying disease, the "mesh" disappears and becomes invisible. This phenomenon is temporary, and as soon as a person wakes up, the veins thicken again and visual deformities appear.
  • One of the main methods for diagnosing this disease is self -observation. As noted earlier, with varicose veins in the morning and evening, intense swelling manifests itself: ankles, lower legs and feet. In addition, varicose veins are characterized by pain syndrome, a constant feeling of heaviness in the legs, frequent and common cramps. After seeing such changes in your body, you need to contact a specialist.

Important!A guaranteed diagnosis can only be identified by a specialist, based on diagnostic studies. Diagnosis and self -treatment are harmful to health.


Varicose veins are one of the most common pathologies affecting blood vessels. The disease has a negative impact on the general condition of the body, in the absence of neglected or complete professional treatment can lead to serious complications. At the same time, the disease has a beneficial effect on the therapeutic effect, the main thing is to identify the pathology at an early stage.

The symptoms of this disease are quite severe. Timely diagnosis and therapy will help eliminate the disease completely.