How are varicose veins diagnosed?

Varicose veins are close to the surface of the skin and easy to see. Healthcare providers can diagnose the condition during a physical examination. Your provider will feel the veins and examine them while you’re sitting and standing.

To see detailed images of the veins and check for complications, your healthcare provider may recommend an ultrasound. This safe, painless test uses sound waves to produce pictures of tissues inside the body. Ultrasounds can show blood clots and how the valves are working.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/13/2020.

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