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Can Varicose Veins Cause Calf Pain?

Can Varicose Veins Cause Calf Pain?

Posted on October 1, 2019 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Varicose veins are a disease that develops when a vein valve fails. They swell and become enlarged, often turning dark purple and taking on a bulging appearance. Since veins carry blood towards your heart, a failing vein means that you can develop problems in your extremities. However, varicose veins don’t always produce visible signs. In these instances, the varicose veins are deep inside of your body, making it impossible to see them. Because of this, you might start to experience discomfort, or even pain, in the area where the varicose veins are localized. Since they’re most commonly found in your lower body, that means that yes, varicose veins can cause calf pain.  

If you experience painful varicose veins, your symptoms often include burning, throbbing, aching, or cramping muscles. You might feel like it’s more difficult to move your legs, almost like they’re heavier than usual. Having varicose veins tend to make your feet or ankles swell, which may cause discomfort in the entire extremity. The pain that varicose veins cause is more of a deep, achy feeling rather than a sharp, shooting pain. The intensity of your symptoms will vary depending on the severity of your varicose veins. 

If you start feeling any heat or hardness, your varicose vein may be inflamed. If left untreated, this results in blood clots and can result in a vein bursting. If not addressed quickly, the skin can tear resulting in even more pain. This isn’t localized to your calves; it can occur anywhere where you have varicose veins. 

If you experience pain in your calf and suspect you have varicose veins, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a board certified vein disease specialist like Illinois Vein Specialists. 

At the end of the day, every person is different. Some people experience a lot of pain, while others don’t experience anything other than a change in appearance. If you have painful symptoms, there are ways that you can reduce your discomfort, but the best thing to do is to treat your varicose veins—even when they’re only producing cosmetic side effects. Severe cases of varicose veins can be fatal. To avoid problems and eliminate your symptoms, make sure you treat your varicose veins with a board-certified vein specialist, such as Illinois Vein Specialists. Using a small laser, your varicose vein can be absorbed back into your body and your blood flow will be restored through the use of other veins, thus eliminating any pain and discomfort. 

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