Varicose veins are visibly dark, raised and swollen veins that typically develop in the legs and feet due to a weakening in the vessel wall. Varicose veins are often surrounded by thin spider veins, which are smaller and typically red, purple or blue and can appear in a web-like pattern on the legs and face.
Varicose and spider veins are typically hereditary, but they can also be caused by the pressure of standing and walking all day. The veins typically appear with age or in pregnant women. In pregnant women, the veins usually go away three to 12 months after delivery.
Varicose and spider veins are common and usually don't pose a serious medical issue. However, symptoms of varicose and spider veins can include aching, cramping, fatigue, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling and heaviness in the legs. Less common symptoms can include swelling, ulcers, darkening of the skin around the ankle, or a painful blood clot with an inflamed vein called thrombophlebitis. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
The good news is that varicose and spider veins are treatable and can often be prevented. Maintaining good blood circulation is crucial to preventing spider and varicose veins. Encourage good circulation by participating in low-impact exercise and opting for flats over heels. If you work on your feet for long hours, sit with your legs propped above your heart for 10 or 15 minutes when you get home to drain any pooled blood.
If you’re concerned about how your veins look, consider medical treatment for your varicose or spider veins. Treatment options can include sclerotherapy, laser treatment, ambular phlebectomy, vein stripping, endoscopic vein surgery and more. Visit a primary care provider at Goshen Physicians to learn more about varicose and spider veins and treatment options.
Posted: 11/21/2016 by
Filed under: Heart and Vascular