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Varicose Veins and
Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Painful leg veins can be attributed to two common conditions: varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that often appear blue or purple, causing discomfort and cosmetic concerns. CVI occurs when the valves in the veins weaken, which prevents blood flow to the heart and causes blood pooling in the leg veins. Both conditions can result in symptoms such as pain, swelling, heaviness, and leg cramps.

Common Symptoms of Painful Leg Veins:

  • Throbbing or aching pain in the legs
  • Swelling or heaviness in the legs, particularly after prolonged periods of standing or sitting
  • Visible enlarged veins that appear twisted or bulging (varicose veins)
  • Discomfort or tenderness along the course of the affected veins
  • Leg cramps or restless legs, especially at night
  • Itching or irritation around the affected veins
  • Skin discoloration or ulcers in severe cases
  • Sensation of warmth or a “burning” feeling in the legs
  • Fatigue or a feeling of tiredness in the legs, especially towards the end of the day

Potential Causes of Painful Leg Veins:

  • Venous insufficiency: Damaged vein valves impair blood flow, causing blood pooling.
  • Age: The risk of developing varicose veins increases with age.
  • Genetics: Family history plays a role in the development of vein problems.
  • Gender: Women are more prone to varicose veins due to hormonal factors.
  • Prolonged sitting or standing: Occupations or lifestyles that involve extended periods of inactivity can contribute to vein issues.
  • Obesity: Extra weight puts pressure on the veins, affecting blood flow.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes and increased blood volume can lead to vein enlargement.
  • Injury or trauma: Previous leg injuries may impact vein health.
  • Blood clot history: Past blood clot formation can affect vein function.
  • Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations can weaken vein walls and valves.

Treatment Options for Painful Leg Veins

Treatment options for painful leg veins vary based on individual needs and can be determined through consultation with a specialist. Depending on the severity and underlying cause, treatments may include surgical interventions, such as robotic or laparoscopic procedures, medications, or other medical modalities. Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by Dr. Moore, offers a range of personalized treatment plans to address painful leg veins effectively.

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Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Moore, offers expert care for painful leg veins. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Moore provides personalized treatment plans tailored to your needs. Conveniently located in Stone Ridge, our clinic welcomes you to schedule a consultation. Take the first step toward finding relief and restoring comfort to your legs.

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