Varicose veins are veins which are highly visible under the skin. They are often twisted and swollen, however, if you are unsure as to whether you have varicose veins, consult the list of symptoms below or contact one of our clinics to book a consultation.

Varicose veins on legs of woman

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

The best way to understand whether you have varicose veins is through noting common symptoms, which may include:

  • Blue or dark purple coloured veins, most common in the legs
  • Prominent veins that are bulging and/or twisting in appearance
  • Chronic achy legs, “heavy legs” or undefined leg soreness
  • Swelling in the legs, including burning sensation, throbbing and/or muscle cramping
  • Pain that increases following extended periods sitting or standing
  • Redness, discolouration and/or itching around prominent veins
  • Localised skin hardening or skin ulcers (which may also indicate more serious vascular disease)


What Causes Varicose Veins

Varicose veins make look similar in different patients, however, there are a variety of causes. If your family has a history of varicose veins, you may be more likely to suffer from them. Varicose veins tend to occur during the normal ageing process, as it contributes to weakening of the veins and loss of elasticity. If you have an occupation that requires standing for a long period of time, you may also be at risk of varicose veins.

Physical causes include pressure on the midsection/abdomen, obesity – which puts additional strain on both the legs and the circulatory system, and pregnancy – which increases blood volume, reduces blood flow from legs to pelvis and also adds weight and physical strain to the body. Hormonal changes such as menopause may also cause the appearance of varicose veins.



When it comes to treatment, there are a number of routes you can take. However, if you are suffering from varicose veins, Melbourne has the solution. Visit us at Vein Care for a more precise diagnosis. Our medical staff will then discuss your situation with you and help create an effective plan to minimise your risk. This plan may involve lifestyle changes to help reduce incidences of varicose veins, alongside surgical treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us today on 1300 730 100 and our team will be happy to assist you.