Varicose or Spider Veins occur when veins become stretched out or enlarged overtime leading to non-functioning valves.
Varicose veins occur when veins become stretched out or enlarged over time, leading to non-functioning valves. These leaky valves allow the blood to flow in the wrong direction and back into the legs, a condition known as venous insufficiency. The blood pools and stagnates in the vein, causing it to stretch over time. Spider veins are tiny, dilated veins that are visible on the surface of the skin.
Who is at Risk for Varicose or Spider Veins?
It is estimated that one in three Americans over the age of 45 has some form of vascular disease. Certain lifestyles and work requirements, such as prolonged sitting or standing, can worsen venous disease. Teachers, police officers, and retail associates are all at risk for developing venous insufficiency and varicose veins.
Other risk factors for varicose veins include obesity, pregnancy, and having a family history of varicose veins. Women are almost 4 times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Your risk for varicose veins may increase with age.
Symptoms of Varicose or Spider Veins
Signs you may have varicose or spider veins:
- Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
- Veins that are swollen and rope-like bulging out from the surface of the skin
- An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
- Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
- Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
- Itching around one or more of your veins
- Bleeding from varicose veins
- A painful cord in the vein with red discoloration of the skin
- Color changes, hardening of the vein, inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near your ankle, which can mean you have a serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention
- They occur on the legs, but can also be found on the face.
- Spider veins vary in size and often look like a spider’s web.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Treatment options for varicose veins include the most advanced and minimally invasive vein treatments available.
Schedule Your Appointment
Please contact us with any questions you might have about vein disease, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with us to have your vascular disease diagnosed and treated.
Texas Endovascular provides the most advanced and minimally invasive vein treatments for the Greater Houston area without the risks of surgery or the expense and hassle of going to the hospital. Intervening early helps prevent the escalation of pain and suffering.