Treatment of foot varicose veins: A study of 119 consecutive patients

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To analyze the outcomes of 119 (188 feet) patients undergoing foot varicose vein phlebectomy with and without sclerotherapy between 2013 and 2015.


Legs and feet were treated in one single procedure. Clinical and ultrasound assessments were carried out at 7, 30, and 90 days for visualization of the sapheno-femoral and sapheno-popliteal junctions and the deep vein system.


Mean age was 50 ± 12 years (25–79 years); 67 patients were female (56.3%). Median venous clinical severity score was 4 (range 2–5) before and 1 (range 0–2) at 90 days (p < 0.001). Edema and transient paresthesia were the most frequent complications (13 (10.92%) and 11 (9.24%) patients, respectively). All complications were resolved at 90 days except one case of edema (resolved after 150 days with compression stockings and lymphatic drainage manual therapy).


Symptomatic foot varicose vein intervention was safe and effective. Further studies should focus on assessment of vein-specific quality of life questionnaires.

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