Varicose veins

Varicose Veins symptoms

Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic concern; they can also cause physical discomfort and indicate circulatory problems. Being aware of the symptoms is important for early recognition and management. Here are the key symptoms of varicose veins to look out for.
Symptoms to be aware of
  • Visible Veins
    Varicose veins are often large, prominent, and visible on the skin's surface. They can appear dark purple or blue, and have a twisted, rope-like appearance. These veins are more commonly found on the legs due to the pressure of standing and walking.
  • Aching and Heaviness
    People with varicose veins often describe a sensation of heaviness or dull aching in their legs. This discomfort is typically more noticeable after standing for long periods and may be partially relieved by elevating the legs.
  • Pain After Sitting or Standing
    Prolonged periods of sitting or standing can increase the discomfort caused by varicose veins. The pain is often a result of increased pressure within the veins due to gravity and lack of movement.
  • Itching
    Itching around varicose veins is common and can be quite bothersome. This itching is not just due to the veins themselves, but also because of the skin changes and inflammation that can accompany varicose veins.
  • Swelling
    Swollen ankles and feet can occur, especially after a day of prolonged sitting or standing. This happens because the impaired circulation in the varicose veins leads to fluid accumulation in the lower extremities.
  • Muscle Cramping and Restlessness
    Muscle cramping, particularly at night, and a feeling of restlessness in the legs are symptoms that some people with varicose veins experience. This can be due to the poor blood circulation affecting muscle and nerve function in the legs.
  • Skin Changes
    Over time, the skin around varicose veins can become thin, dry, and discoloured. In more severe cases, long-term poor circulation can lead to varicose eczema, pigmentation changes, or even ulcer formation, particularly around the ankles.
  • Bleeding
    Veins close to the skin may occasionally burst, causing minor bleeding. This can happen spontaneously or as a result of a minor injury. The skin over the veins becomes very thin and fragile, making it more susceptible to injury.
Remember, not everyone with varicose veins will experience all these symptoms. In some cases, varicose veins may cause few or no symptoms, other than being noticeable due to their distinctive appearance. If you're experiencing discomfort or any other symptoms associated with varicose veins, it's a good idea to consult UK Vein Care for advice and potential treatment options. You'll get a full diagnosis at a consultation with one of our surgeons. Book a consultation here

Frequently

asked questions

Find answers to all your questions regarding common symptoms of varicose veins.
What are the most common symptoms of varicose veins?
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The most noticeable symptoms include visible, bulging veins that are blue or dark purple in color. Other common symptoms are aching, heaviness, and discomfort in the legs, especially after standing or sitting for long periods. Some people may also experience swelling, itching, and muscle cramping in the affected areas.
Can varicose veins cause leg pain or cramps?
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Yes, varicose veins can cause aching or a sense of heaviness in the legs, which may be accompanied by muscle cramps. The pain typically worsens after sitting or standing for extended periods.
Do varicose veins cause skin changes?
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In more advanced cases, varicose veins can lead to skin changes. These changes include thinning of the skin, inflammation, scaling, and even the development of venous ulcers, particularly around the ankles.
Is it normal for varicose veins to itch?
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Yes, itching is a common symptom associated with varicose veins. This itching is often due to the increased pressure within the veins and can be accompanied by a burning sensation.
Can varicose veins lead to swelling in the legs?
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Varicose veins can indeed cause swelling, particularly in the ankles and feet. The swelling is usually worse at the end of the day or after prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
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Pricing

Simple no-tricks pricing

The total costs involved in diagnosing and treating your varicose veins are outlined below. The primary treatment plan is likely to be either Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) or Foam Sclerotherapy, depending on the severity of your varicose veins. We have differentiated prices depending on your location in the north or south of England. See below.
Treatment
Treatments
One leg
Both Legs*
Foam sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is the gold-standard treatment option for varicose veins when EVLA is not required, as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It’s worth noting, though, that the vast majority of patients with varicose veins do require EVLA.
One leg
£680
Both Legs*
£780
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Endovenous laser ablation, often referred to as EVLA (or EVLT), is the gold-standard treatment for varicose veins – as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
One leg
£1930
Both Legs*
£2530
Avulsions / Foam sclerotherapy
As a complement to laser treatment or foam sclerotherapy on the insufficient veins, you might need a complementary treatment to tackle the visible veins on the legs. This can be done by either avulsions, sclerotherapy, or both and gives the most holistic result. Some patients need several rounds of complementary treatments to achieve a satisfactory result.
One leg
£500
Both Legs*
£600

*Treatment prices for both legs, are dependent on both legs being treated at the same time. If two appointments are required the price will increase.

Consultation
£250
No hidden fees or costs
Book a consultation
Utilising a duplex ultrasound scan, we accurately diagnose the severity and specifics of your varicose veins.
Ultrasound scan
Tailored treatment plan
Fixed treatment price offer
1 on 1 time with your surgeon
4.9 overall rating
Treatment
Treatments
One leg
Both Legs*
Foam sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is the gold-standard treatment option for varicose veins when EVLA is not required, as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It’s worth noting, though, that the vast majority of patients with varicose veins do require EVLA.
One leg
£730
Both Legs*
£830
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Endovenous laser ablation, often referred to as EVLA (or EVLT), is the gold-standard treatment for varicose veins – as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
One leg
£2400
Both Legs*
£2800
Avulsions / Foam sclerotherapy
As a complement to laser treatment or foam sclerotherapy on the insufficient veins, you might need a complementary treatment to tackle the visible veins on the legs. This can be done by either avulsions, sclerotherapy, or both and gives the most holistic result. Some patients need several rounds of complementary treatments to achieve a satisfactory result.
One leg
£550
Both Legs*
£650

*Treatment prices for both legs, are dependent on both legs being treated at the same time. If two appointments are required the price will increase.

Consultation
£300
No hidden fees or costs
Book a consultation
Utilising a duplex ultrasound scan, we accurately diagnose the severity and specifics of your varicose veins.
Ultrasound scan
Tailored treatment plan
Fixed treatment price offer
1 on 1 time with your surgeon
4.9 overall rating
Treatment
Treatments
One leg
Both Legs*
Foam sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is the gold-standard treatment option for varicose veins when EVLA is not required, as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It’s worth noting, though, that the vast majority of patients with varicose veins do require EVLA.
One leg
£730
Both Legs*
£830
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Endovenous laser ablation, often referred to as EVLA (or EVLT), is the gold-standard treatment for varicose veins – as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
One leg
£2400
Both Legs*
£2800
Avulsions / Foam sclerotherapy
As a complement to laser treatment or foam sclerotherapy on the insufficient veins, you might need a complementary treatment to tackle the visible veins on the legs. This can be done by either avulsions, sclerotherapy, or both and gives the most holistic result. Some patients need several rounds of complementary treatments to achieve a satisfactory result.
One leg
£550
Both Legs*
£650

*Treatment prices for both legs, are dependent on both legs being treated at the same time. If two appointments are required the price will increase.

Consultation
£300
No hidden fees or costs
Book a consultation
Utilising a duplex ultrasound scan, we accurately diagnose the severity and specifics of your varicose veins.
Ultrasound scan
Tailored treatment plan
Fixed treatment price offer
1 on 1 time with your surgeon
4.9 overall rating
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