The typical signs of varicose veins are familiar: bulging, discolored veins near the surface of your skin that indicate blood is not flowing properly inside your legs. The visible indications reveal problems that could lead to pain, bleeding, open sores or worse.
Occasionally, a vein deeper in your leg will develop varicose symptoms. You won’t be able to see it but it can still cause the same problems as the diseased veins you can see:
- Leg pain and cramping
- Heaviness or restlessness in the leg
- Swelling in the leg or ankle
Interior varicose veins can also develop blood clots, which are dangerous when they break loose and travel to different points in your body where they can cause strokes or other serious problems.
If you have pain or other symptoms in your leg, a radiologist or phlebologist can perform an ultrasound that will reveal whether any deep veins are diseased. Varicose veins can be successfully treated wherever they are in your body. Come in for a free assessment and your doctor will talk to you about the next steps to take to address your varicose veins, whether you can see them or not.