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Abnormal Veins In The Feet & Ankle

Spider and larger varicose veins around the ankle and feet are medically termed ‘corona phlebectatica’ which is consistent with a fan-shaped pattern of numerous small abnormal veins. These abnormal veins around the ankle and feet may indicate a progressing underlying leg vein problem.

Veins are blood vessels that normally return blood from the leg upwards towards the heart. In the legs, blood flow should always travel from the superficial veins (common veins that cause varicose veins) to the deep veins in the legs. There are many communications between the superficial veins and deeper veins called perforating veins.

Blood will not normally travel downwards in the reverse direction or outwards from the deep to superficial veins as there are one-way valves within the veins that prevent this from occurring.

In some people, these valves can fail, and blood is permitted to travel not only towards the heart but backward down the leg especially when standing, this is known as ‘reflux’. Veins that reflux is said to be incompetent. There is increased pressure in incompetent veins, which eventually causes the vein wall to expand and bulge producing a varicose vein.

Laser or Radiofrequency Treatment is best suited to get rid of suitable veins.

If left untreated these veins can cause symptoms including venous eczema (itchy over the veins), changes in the color and hardening of the skin in the calf, leg swelling (fluid in the skin around the ankle and calf), ulcers, and possible blood clots.

Sign & Symptoms of Abnormal Veins in Ankle & Feet

  • Eczema of the veins (one of the symptoms of Severe Varicose veins)
  • Discolored or ulcerated legs.
  • The skin on your calves, knees and lower legs swells and hardens.
  • Tenderness aching in legs, ankles & feet
  • Throbbing, itching, and burning around the legs, ankles & feet.
  • Restless legs and frequent cramping
  • Heaviness and fatigue in lower limbs

Compression stockings can help in post venous treatment but are based on your medical condition and other health conditions.

Diagnosis is made by ultrasound which has become the standard of care for the investigation of varicose veins.

Ultrasound is able to check the patency and direction of flow in the veins within the leg, as well as the diameter of the veins.

Ultrasound is also used to aid and direct Dr. Nellie during the minimally invasive treatments used at Melbourne varicose vein which included sclerotherapy, laser treatment, and the use of specifically designed vein glues.


Symptoms of abnormal veins in the ankle and leg may include swelling, aching, and a sensation of heaviness or fatigue in the affected limb. Visible veins, often in a twisted or bulging form, may also be present. If you experience these symptoms, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.

If you notice the development of varicose veins or spider veins in your ankle or leg, it could be an indication of an abnormal vein problem. Additionally, symptoms such as pain, cramping, or restless legs may be associated with abnormal veins. Seeking consultation with a specialized doctor who deals with vein disorders can help diagnose and address the issue.

It is recommended to see a doctor if you experience persistent symptoms related to abnormal veins, such as pain, swelling, or changes in skin color. If left untreated, abnormal veins can lead to more serious complications. Seeking early intervention from a qualified abnormal vein doctor can help prevent further progression of the condition.

Treatment options for abnormal veins in the ankle and leg include minimally invasive procedures like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). These procedures aim to close or remove the affected veins, improving blood circulation and alleviating symptoms. Consultation with an abnormal vein specialist is crucial to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on individual circumstances.

To find a qualified abnormal vein doctor, start by consulting with your primary care physician for a referral. You can also conduct online research to identify specialists in vein disorders. Look for doctors with experience in treating abnormal veins, and consider reading patient reviews. Ensure that the selected doctor is board-certified and offers a range of treatment options tailored to your specific condition.

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