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What Does Varicose Vein Pain Feel Like?

Varicose veins are a common venous condition that tends to affect people in middle age and older. But what do they actually feel like? Read on to find out more. 

Windermere Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that appear to bulge out from under the surface of the skin. They usually take on a wiggly shape and typically appear in the lower legs, usually around the knee or the calf muscle. 

Varicose veins result from the pooling of blood in blood vessels. When valves controlling the flow of blood in the upper legs fail, blood starts pushing against vein walls, causing them to expand and lose their natural elasticity. 

What is Varicose Vein Pain Like?

Varicose veins don’t always cause pain. However, at The Vascular Experts Florida, we see some common symptoms. These include a feeling of heaviness or itching around the legs, muscle cramps, throbbing sensations, and general discomfort resulting from venous swelling. 

How Can You Resolve Varicose Vein Pain?

Fortunately, Dr. Lina Vargas and the team offer a range of therapies designed to resolve varicose vein pain and treat the condition. 

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Vascular Experts for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.


Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive technique that removes active varicose veins. The team at The Vascular Experts Florida injects a sclerosing agent into the veins that close them from the inside, causing them to collapse and reabsorb into the body. Healthier blood vessels, deeper in your tissue, then take over the job of supplying blood to your cells. 

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT)

Endovenous laser ablation is a technique that uses a laser-tipped catheter to collapse the walls of the blood vessels. We insert the applicator into the affected veins, then shine laser light on the blood vessel walls, causing them to die and close up. The body then recycles them, as with sclerotherapy. 


Varithena® is a quick, 30-minute procedure that involves injecting a special foam to collapse varicose veins. The procedure is the first FDA-cleared Polidocanol-based treatment for varicose veins. 


ClariVein® is a mechanochemical venous ablation technique that doesn’t require a laser to heat blood vessel walls from the inside. 

It works in a surprisingly simple way. To perform the treatment, Dr. Vargas inserts a small catheter with a rotating fiber tip. The tip scratches the inside of the blood vessels, causing them to scar and collapse. Then, just as with the other treatments, the body recycles the tissue, causing the varicose vein to disappear.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy involves physically removing superficial varicose veins via a surgical procedure. First, we make tiny incisions close to the veins and then use specialist equipment to pull them out. 

Benefits of Varicose Vein Treatments

The benefits of varicose vein treatments are extraordinary: 

  • Minimally invasive with very little downtime
  • Performed in the comfort of the office without the need for surgery or anesthesia
  • Highly effective and reducing or eliminating the appearance of varicose veins
  • May reduce pain or discomfort

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*Individual Results May Vary


Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about varicose vein treatments schedule a consultation today with The Vascular Experts Florida at our Windermere, FL location.

You can also call to make your appointment by calling our office at (407) 612-7738.

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