• Pain: the most common symptoms of varicose veins are aching, discomfort and heaviness of the legs, which are usually worse at the end of the day after you have been standing up.
  • Swelling: sometimes the leg can swell around the ankle in particular.
  • Appearance: sometimes veins can appear unsightly or embarrassing.
  • Itchiness: a red skin rash called eczema can develop which causes itching.
  • Skin changes: less often the high pressure in the veins causes damage to the skin near the ankle, which can change to a brownish colour, sometimes with scarred white areas.
  • Ulcer: If the skin changes above are allowed to progress, or if the skin is injured, an ulcer may develop. Skin changes are therefore a good reason for going to see your GP and for referral to a specialist.

Our Manchester vein clinic and Cheshire vein clinic offer excellent diagnostic facilities for varicose vein diagnosis and consultation.