Many patients will have visible varicose veins, leg cramping at night and other symptoms related to vein disease but will deny swelling. Current medical guidelines almost make it mandatory for the patient to have swelling for insurance approval.
It is very easy to see when an entire leg is swollen like a blimp! Mild swelling is not as easy to see or recognize on a daily basis. One of the easiest ways is to look at your ankles as you take off your socks. If you see sock lines chances are you have mild swelling and it should be noted when talking with your doctor. Wearing support hose when traveling will help prevent leg swelling and other symptoms of vein disease.