Symptoms and Signs of Vein Disease

Most patients with venous disorders report discomfort of the legs and prolonged standing. These complaints are commonly described as a “burning, stinging, aching, heavy” sensation usually occurring over the area of abnormal veins. Itching and cramping can also occur. These sensations usually resolve with elevation of the legs.

Venous disorders are sometimes associated with skin changes such as brownish skin discoloration (hemosiderosis), rash (stasis dermatitis), and scarring of the tissues (lipodermatosclerosis). These skin changes tend to occur around the ankles and lower legs. Swelling of the ankles and lower legs can be a manifestation of venous disorders.