They are commonly associated with symptoms such as aching, throbbing, tired legs, varicose leg ulcers, cramp, heavy legs, burning, itching, varicose eczema, leg swelling and restless legs.
Varicose veins occur in saphenous veins or their tributaries which lie just under the skin in the fat. Saphenous veins in normal legs carry blood from the legs back to the heart and lungs but when these veins become dilated and varicosed the blood falls down the leg because the non return valves in the saphenous veins no longer work. The blood is then carried up the deep veins of the leg which lie within muscle but some of this blood falls down the varicose vein creating a useless loop of circulation. Treatment closes the useless varicose vein which allows blood to travel back to the heart and lungs again via the normal deep veins.
Large painful varicose vein treated. Same leg 6 weeks after treatment with Endovenous laser and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
Venous ulcer due to underlying varicose veins and previous deep vein insufficiency following a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Ulcer and surrounding skin improving six months after treatment.