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Varicose Veins in the Feet and Ankles

Varicose veins that appear in the feet and ankles are known as corona phlebectasia in the medical field. Corona describes the fan-like pattern of these abnormal capillaries, resembling rays radiating from the sun. Phlebectasia signifies the presence of abnormal veins and capillaries. These veins often result from venous reflux or insufficiency, where blood flows backward due to valve failure in the veins. Patients with prominent ankle veins or corona phlebectasia typically have underlying venous insufficiency in the lower leg. Patients may present with visible veins alone, visible veins with symptoms, or symptoms alone. Ankle and foot varicosities should be examined for underlying issues. Timely treatment is important because untreated varicose veins can lead to symptoms such as leg aches, itching, swelling, and skin conditions, including ulceration and blood clots. If you have varicose veins in your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and any treatment that is deemed necessary.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Fusion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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