Varicose Veins and Swelling

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Published On: May, 2, 2022

Varicose Veins and Swelling

Leg swelling (is also known as edema), is a common complaint related to varicose veins and underlying venous insufficiency. It can be present simply from underlying venous insufficiency without visible signs of varicose veins or spider veins. As a result, a venous insufficiency study by duplex ultrasound scanning is part of the recommended work-up for this undesirable symptom. The swelling usually affects the ankles.  Most people with vein-related symptoms, experience progressive swelling throughout the day, that is worse at night time and improved in the morning (they usually wake up with normal appearing legs in the morning but by night-time, shoes may feel tight.) When it is vein-related, it is worse at the end of the day, with prolonged standing, sitting or with air travel, heat and menstruation.  The degree varies from one person to another.

Compression stockings and leg elevation will help reduce swelling.   If the swelling can be attributed to the varicose veins or venous insufficiency, correction of the underlying vein problem will reduce it.


It is a common symptom of varicose veins and venous insufficiency. The legs often feel heavy. It is common to notice sock lines around the ankles by the end of the day.

Conservative management and lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms of varicose veins and swelling and help reduce complications such as thrombophlebitis (blood clots within veins) and vein rupture, but do not cause the veins to vanish. These measures are helpful if an individual is not a candidate for vein procedures or wishes to delay interventional treatment.

Varicose veins can cause swelling and at La Jolla Vein Care, we offer numerous treatments for our patients. Check out a few of our favorite treatments that help reduce the swelling and varicose veins. Please call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our vein specialists to help in reducing swelling and other varicose vein symptoms.

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