Leg Pain & Swelling
One of the most common causes of leg pain is varicose veins. Many patients with varicose veins experience generalized aching and throbbing in their legs. This discomfort is usually more pronounced when there is venous insufficiency in underlying veins. Painful symptoms caused by varicose veins are aggravated with prolonged standing and often relieved once legs can be elevated. A physical exam along with diagnostic ultrasound is necessary to determine if leg pain is caused by venous insufficiency in underlying veins.
Leg swelling can be caused by a number of medical conditions and some are more serious than others. Varicose veins with underlying venous insufficiency are one common cause. If swelling exists due to venous disease, many patients experience painful symptoms like throbbing and cramping, and have visible varicose veins. A physical exam along with diagnostic ultrasound is necessary to determine if swelling is caused from venous insufficiency. Although pain and swelling caused by varicose veins are often both present, it is possible to have one without the other.