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What can you tell me about vericose veins? What is the cause and can they be painful?

By July 10, 2008 - 11:07am
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I have noticed over the past couple of years that I am starting to get vericose veins more so on one leg than the other. The jobs that I have had over the past 20 years have required me to be on my feet throughout most of my scheduled shifts.

I am curious to know if there is pain associated with vericose veins. I notice that one of the most prominent viens that I have on my right leg tends to be painful when it starts to protrude. I notice this most often when I workout.

I also notice that when I workout(lifecycle, bike, treadmill) sometimes my right foot starts to go numb. I get a tingling sensation in the foot that feels like pins and needles. Not sure if they are related.

Any suggestions?

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Thank you for the follow up. Looks like I should make an appointment with a podiatrist soon. I appreciate your assistance.

July 11, 2008 - 9:50am
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I suggest you schedule an appointment with a phlebologist instread. Phlebologists are the experts in treating veins.

August 6, 2010 - 11:07pm

Hi Evie14, We also posed your question to Dr. Marlene Reid (you can find out more info at the American Podiatric Medical Association) and here's what she had to say:
"Varicose veins can cause pain - usually its described as a heavy or full, dull feeling and is progressive so you may want to have it checked out sooner rather than later!

The pain you are having in your right foot may be what we call Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome which is just like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and is compression or irritation of the nerve. The sensations you are having is very typical of nerve pain and can also be progressive if you don't stop the cause. A podiatrist will be able to determine why it is happening (could be from swelling or increased muscle activity with your exercise or even from flat feet) and how best to treat it."

Does that help?

July 11, 2008 - 9:38am

The pain is behind my right knee where the vein is. The foot just gets tingly and feels like it is falling asleep while I am working out. I do notice some of the same feelings when I sit in a vehilce for a long period of time.

No skin ulcers that I have seen.

July 10, 2008 - 11:24am

Some women with varicose pains don't feel pain or discomfort. However, when pain occurs, they can include:

* An achy or heavy feeling in your legs, and burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs. Prolonged sitting or standing tends to make your legs feel worse.
* Itching around one or more of your veins.
* Skin ulcers near your ankle, which represent a severe form of vascular disease and require immediate attention.
(Source: Mayo Clinic

Is the pain in your right foot around your ankle or have you noticed anything that you might describe as a skin ulcer?

July 10, 2008 - 11:15am
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