Make Your Varicose or Spider Veins a Thing of the Past
Those little blue spider-like veins or the larger, bulging varicose veins on your legs are quite common. In fact, approximately 25% of all women and 15% of all men have visible varicose veins. For those people over 50, half suffer from varicose veins. Just because spider and varicose veins are common, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about them. Both are vein disorders that should be addressed.
Categorizing spider veins and varicose veins differently can be slightly misleading, as spider veins are a type of varicose vein, simply smaller. Varicose veins result from the pooling of blood caused by a decreased flow of blood to the heart from the leg veins.
Causes and Symptoms
These venous conditions can be attributed to a number of causes, including:
- Hereditary Factors
- Trauma to the Legs
- Occupations Where People Stand for Long Periods of Time
- Pressure on the Legs from Serious Lifting, Straining, Coughing, Etc.
Other conditions associated with vein disorders include restless leg syndrome and blood clots.
While not everyone with varicose veins experiences symptoms, common indicators that you may have a vein disorder include:
- Enlarged, Engorged Vein or Veins in the Leg
- Leg Pain or Aching
- Changes in Skin Color
- Itching or Burning
- Feeling of Heaviness
- Exercise Intolerance
- Leg Fatigue
Diagnosing Varicose Veins
For most sufferers, varicose veins are on the surface of the skin and easy to spot. However, vein disorders are not always visible to the naked eye. At Elite Vein Specialists, we use diagnostic ultrasound and vein mapping to determine if you have a below-the-skin vein disorder, gauge the seriousness of your vein issues and outline a course of treatment.
If you have spider or varicose veins and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact our medical team.
Spider veins are actually a type of varicose veins. Named because of their web-like appearance, spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that appear as red, purple and/or blue on the surface of the skin.
Easy to spot, these tiny veins usually cluster together and are found predominantly on the upper thigh, around the knee, or along the ankles. Medically referred to as telangiectasias, spider veins range in size between 0.5 to 1 millimeter.
We offer our patients several spider vein treatment options. To determine which procedure is best for you or if your spider veins are an indication of a more serious vein condition, contact our medical team online or call 912-283-2200 for a complimentary diagnostic ultrasound.
Varicose veins occur when valves within a vein are not working properly and interrupt blood from flowing back to the heart. These large, sometimes twisted, raised veins are usually found bulging from the leg’s surface. Varicose veins can be painful and ache, especially if you are standing for long periods of time. Sometimes varicose veins point to more serious circulatory problems or health issues.
Heredity, pregnancy, occupation and being overweight are among the causes of vein disorders. Not all varicose vein sufferers have visible signs of problems on the surface of the skin. The veins can be hidden deep within the leg. While some people experience no symptoms, others suffer from pain, swollen legs, discoloration, leg fatigue, burning and restless legs.
The primary treatments for varicose veins are radiofrequency ablation, phlebectomy, laser ablation and sclerotherapy – all of which are offered at Elite Vein Specialists. To discover which procedure is right for you or to see if you are possibly at risk for other circulatory problems, contact our medical team online or by calling 912-283-2200 for a complimentary ultrasound screening.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) can be a side effect of varicose and spider veins. Improper blood flow in your leg can cause an uncontrollable urge to move your leg when you are sitting or lying down for any period of time. Our vein specialists can determine if your RLS is related to a vein condition. To schedule an appointment for a complimentary ultrasound screening, please contact our medical team.