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Varicose & Spider Veins

Spider & Varicose Veins Disease


Varicose and spider veins are a very common problem seen throughout the American adult population. Concerns can range from mildly cosmetic, to a very painful and unsightly medical condition. At Garvey Vascular Specialists, we treat all stages of varicose and spider veins.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are diseased veins that have lost their ability to return blood back from the legs to the heart. As the blood begins to pool in the legs (due to weak vein walls or valves, as well as the force of gravity) the increased blood flow and pressure in the veins causes the veins to distend. These enlarged veins can appear unsightly, ropey, bulging and/or twisted in appearance. As any vein may become varicose, the veins most typically affected are in the legs and feet, most often around the back of the calves and inside of the leg. This is due to the increased pressure gravity has on the veins when standing or walking. Varicose veins may appear dark purple, blue or flesh in color and are raised above the surface of the skin. They are a medical condition, which typically causes aching pain and discomfort. However, they may be a sign of a more developed circulatory problem, which can lead to serious health concerns such as ulcers, blood clots and deep vein thrombosis.

Spider Veins

Spider veins or telangiectasias are small, dilated blood vessels located just beneath the skin. They are commonly seen on the face and legs, but can appear in other areas. Spider veins typically appear red, blue or purple in color and take on a tree branch, or spider web pattern, hence the name “spider.” Spider veins may produce itching or a dull achiness and are considered a cosmetic issue and not a health risk. In more severe cases, however, spider veins may be related to an underlying venous insufficiency problem or reflux.