The illustration above shows
a healthy vein on the left
and a varicose vein on the right.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of varicose veins include, but are not limited to, aching, fatigue, heaviness, burning, throbbing, itching, cramping, ankle swelling and ulceration. There are many potential causes to varicose veins. Some of the most frequent causes are heredity, pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing or hormonal changes.