Staying informed about varicose vein disease is one of the best ways to prevent pain and discomfort or even more serious symptoms from occurring in the future. It’s important to know that vein disease is a real disease, requiring medical intervention whether or not you have pain. One of the most common symptoms is swelling in the legs, especially near the ankles. Tracey Mashbaum, for example, did not notice her veins as they were not readily visible. However, reading how pregnancy can result in varicose veins she decided to get a consult and was informed by Dr. Rivard that one leg was in fact a 1/2 inch bigger in her ankle and 3/4 inch bigger in her thigh due to the swelling of her veins. After receiving treatment, her leg swelling subsided and returned to its normal size. Watch this video to learn about her experience with Illinois Vein Specialists and Dr. Stephen Rivard.