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Nearly everyone will experience leg pain at some point in their lives. Leg pain can be caused by many reasons including exercise fatigue, arthritis, muscle cramps, tendon or ligament injury, and even growing pains. But did you know that leg pain is also a symptom of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency?

What Do Varicose Veins Feel Like?

Varicose veins may not cause any pain, however, most patients experience at least a few symptoms that indicate a problem with blood flow in their legs. Painful signs of an issue include:


  • Achy or heavy feeling in your legs: Your legs and leg muscles may feel “hefty” or “dense.” This is an indication of poor circulation. When you have varicose veins, your body has to work harder to pump blood from your legs to your heart and other parts of the body.
  • Burning or throbbing in your lower legs: This sensation is also a symptom of varicose and spider veins. The burning is caused when damaged veins allow blood to pool within the legs. The burning sensation is caused by a leak of fluid into the tissue surrounding the vein.
  • Increase in pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time: When you sit or stand for long periods of time, gravity can cause blood to pool in your veins and increase the discomfort of varicose veins.


How To Relieve Pain Caused By Varicose Veins 

You can relieve some pain and discomfort of varicose veins at home, prior to seeing a doctor. To relieve pain, you can:


  • Elevate your legs: This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to relieve pain. When you elevate your legs above your heart, it makes it easier for blood to flow normally to your lower body.
  • Exercise and stretch: Short stretches of your calf muscles throughout the day can relieve discomfort. If you sit or stand for long periods of time during the day, this is especially important. Longer-term, an exercise regimen can improve your overall health as well as help alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins.
  • Take a cool shower or bath: Cooler temperatures cause blood vessels to shrink and should help address swelling in your legs.

When Should I Seek Medical Advice?

While some causes of painful legs are not a health risk, painful legs could indicate a more serious medical condition like peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), diabetic neuropathy, blood clots, or an early sign of a pulmonary embolism.

Always seek out the advice of your primary care physician when you experience pain and discomfort in your legs.

Varicose Veins Treatment Options

If you are experiencing varicose veins, there are treatments available to help you love your legs again. At Premier Vein Specialists, varicose vein treatment options include compression therapy, sclerotherapy, ligation, ambulatory microphlebectomy, and Venefit, a vein closure procedure.


Treatments for varicose and spider veins are do not require a hospital visit and are minimally invasive. As part of your treatment plan, Dr. Mathai will also help you understand how to prevent varicose veins afterward, so you can enjoy vein health long after your treatment is complete.


To schedule your free vein health screening, call us at 717-412-7226 to schedule an appointment at either our York or Hanover offices, or fill out our free health screening form. We are here to help you love your legs again!

At Premier Vein Specialists, your health is our priority. Our offices in York and Hanover only admit one patient at a time, and we follow all health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.