What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged leg veins that bulge outward and often are associated with leg vein pain. Varicose veins can worsen over time and produce more pain in the leg veins, leg swelling, blood clots and skin changes.
What Causes Varicose Veins in the Leg Veins?
Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency, which prevents the proper flow of blood and allows it to pool in the leg veins, causing the bulging and symptoms like varicose vein pain.
The varicose veins that you see on the surface are much larger than normal leg veins and may have a bluish hue due to the increased volume of blood present. The veins may even feel warm to the touch because of the increased volume of blood present so close to the skin.
A duplex ultrasound scan is performed to establish an accurate diagnosis of varicose vein pain and facilitate an effective and durable treatment plan so that the risk of future leg vein problems is minimized.