Increased pressure within the leg veins associated with chronic venous insufficiency may result in a variety of symptoms including heaviness, tiredness, aching, itching, or pain.
Swelling in the lower part of the leg or the ankle is common. Symptoms can occur in one or both legs.
Spider veins and varicose veins can be asymptomatic, but may result in symptoms of burning, tingling, itching or localized discomfort. In addition spider veins and varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern to many patients.
Leg symptoms secondary to venous insufficiency are generally exacerbated by prolonged standing (or sitting), and are relieved by elevation of the leg(s).
In advanced cases of venous insufficiency the skin around the ankle may become stained a brown color, or may develop progressive leathery thickening. In severe cases wounds or ulcers can also occur.