Varicose Veins are often misunderstood—even by healthcare providers.


Brought on by a condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), varicose veins can cause aching, tiredness and contribute to restless leg and other symptoms—whether they are visible or not. Use our symptom checker to see how we can help you.

Varicose veins are just the tip of the iceberg.

A common myth is that you don’t have bulging veins, you don’t have vein problems. The truth is, bulging veins are just the tip of the iceberg- a sign that a larger problem is lurking underneath. An ultrasound can reveal veins beneath the surface that can cause symptoms.

When valves weaken, gravity wins.

Veins in your leg carry blood upward to the heart, against gravity. They achieve this feat using one-way valves. Varicose veins occur when these valves weaken and do not close properly, causing blood to pool in the veins.

Some of the symptoms that accompany varicose veins are:

- Tired legs
- Throbbing pain
- Cramping / charley horses
- Swelling
- Restlessness
- Leg heaviness
- Aching
- Warm or prickly feeling
- Itching
- Skin discoloration
- Ulcers

Who suffers from CVI and varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common condition that affects people from all backgrounds. It is estimated that up to 40% of the U.S. population has venous insufficiency. Up to 25% of women and 15% of men will have visible varicose veins. However, many people have symptoms without visible varicose veins.

CVI and Restless Legs.

Recent research suggests that CVI can also create circulatory issues that result in restless legs (especially at night), charley horses, and other types of cramping. An ultrasound—like those conducted at our free vein screening—can either confirm or rule out CVI.

Advanced Treatments.

Our Vein Institute physicians treat varicose veins with Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment (EVLT), ambulatory microphlebectomy, and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. These are outpatient procedures that generally require no sedation and little or no interruption to your daily life.