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Can varicose veins cause a burning sensation in the feet?

This question was asked in South Boston, Virginia and has 2 answer(s) as of 06/13/2016.
I have varicose veins that bulge and are visible behind my right knee and on the inside of my calf. I also have spider veins at my right ankle and some on my thighs. My problem is the burning I feel in my feet at the end of the day. It is so annoying that my sleep is interrupted. I had thought for awhile it was peripheral neuropathy, but answers on this site suggest it could be old varicose veins acting up and causing this burning sensation (which is also worse in the sun and after exercise). Can tiny spider veins and a few visible larger veins cause this major burning in the feet? In the morning it is mostly gone, but at night I require ice packs! Might there be more trouble inside my legs invisible from the outside? What can I do to alleviate this problem so I can get to sleep?

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Doctors Answers (2)

A burning sensation in the feet at the end of the day can be from a number of possible reasons including progression of varicose veins, but may also be due to a musculoskeletal injury or connective tissue problem such as plantar fasciitis, which is an aching burning pain often at or near the arch and heel of the foot. If you are a diabetic then a neuropathy is suggested, which is often a sharp electrical tingling or burning type of pain. If you have adequate peripheral circulation, then your feet should be pink and warm with a good pulse and not pale blue and cold. Since it is at the end of the day, there is an inflammatory component that is aggravated from standing and improved with cold packs and rest. Consider a medical examination of your feet to determine a proper diagnosis for your foot pain and suggested treatment. Certainly consider wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes with good arch support and soft thick soles, avoiding walking barefoot and shoes with thin, hard soles and elevated heels.

Venous insufficiency and varicose veins often cause burning or aching symptoms. Leg elevation higher than the heart, leg exercise and elastic compression hose often help with the symptoms. See an expert in venous disorders and get a thorough evaluation.

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