Dr. Navarro explains if varicose veins can cause leg swelling or pain.
With longstanding varicose veins, you will develop swelling of the ankle and the lower back of the leg, which at the beginning disappears easily at night, but eventually becomes chronic, and of course, the swelling stresses the skin and then you develop skin changes, skin infections, pigmentation. That’s the brown spots on the lower back of the leg that you see many grandmothers have, and eventually the skin can break down and can develop ulcers.
About Dr. Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Luis Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Founder and Medical Director of The Vein Treatment Center, established in 1982. Dr. Navarro is a General Surgeon, originally board certified in 1976. He is also a senior Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was Chief Surgical Resident. Dr. Navarro graduated cum laude from the University of Barcelona Medical School in his native Spain. He is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Navarro is a Diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Phlebology, International Union of Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology, American Society of Laser Medicine, and numerous other venous-related societies.