If they are left untreated, varicose veins can sometimes worsen, resulting in complications. Symptoms suggesting the deterioration of the veins should not be ignored, as their presence may be an indication of a condition known as venous insufficiency.
Signs that may indicate this condition are: swelling in the
leg and foot that may be accompanied by a sensation of heaviness
or weakness, nighttime cramps and throbbing, and itchiness or a
burning sensation at the site of the varicose vein. Ulcers on the leg, typically near the ankle, are the most severe forms of venous insufficiency.
It is usually
possible to treat patients suffering from venous insufficiency and if
you do notice any of the above symptoms,
a doctor’s opinion should be sought.