Spider Veins Are A Sign Of A Deeper Vascular Problem That Can Lead To Leg Pain and Eventually To Varicose Veins
Thirty percent of women will develop spider veins and the majority of them seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. Spider veins are not a vein disease that should be ignored or taken lightly because they can be associated with more serious vein conditions such as underlying varicose veins or deep venous insufficiency.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are the thin, crooked veins that are just under the skin’s surface and can be red, blue or purple. Typically they are seen around the ankles, on the calves, behind the knees, and on the thighs.
What are the causes of spider veins?
Our leg veins carry blood up to the heart, flowing against the downward force of gravity. Valves within our leg veins open and close, allowing the blood to flow in an upward direction. These valves close intermittently to stop the blood from flowing in a downward direction.
Our vein valves can eventually become weak and stop functioning the way they’re supposed to, causing blood to leak down and gather in the legs. This backup and accumulation of blood in the legs creates new, superficial veins just under the skin’s surface, and these are called spider veins.
Even though spider veins look like small insignificant veins under the skin, they are an indicator of a deeper vascular problem inside your leg veins.
Are spider veins painful?
Spider veins can cause pain in the legs. Although this may be surprising, since they are so small. Painful spider veins are more common than people might think.
The symptoms of spider veins in legs include:
- Aching legs
- Itchiness around the veins
- A feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Nighttime leg cramps (Restless Leg Syndrome)
Are spider veins dangerous?
It is a common misconception that spider veins are merely a cosmetic issue. As discussed above, if you start to see spider veins on your legs this is an indication that a more serious problem could be happening with the vein valves deep in your leg veins.
The appearance of spider veins on your legs means that the valves in your leg veins are malfunctioning. With time you may start to see more serious effects like the development of varicose veins, ulcers and blood clots which can be life threatening.
Therefore, if you do notice spider veins on your legs, it is highly recommended to have an examination with a vascular surgeon to determine the actual severity of your condition.
Spider Veins Treatment Tampa
Spider veins can be quickly treated using Sclerotherapy Injections. By injecting a concentrated medication (saline solution) into the spider veins, they instantaneously disappear with minimal discomfort, no scars and no down time.
At The Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay, Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse, Holly Kerr has extensive experience in Sclerotherapy and performs spider vein treatment under the direction of Medical Doctors (M.D.) who are specialty trained and Board Certified as Vascular Surgeons. This ensures safe and effective spider vein removal.
To schedule a Spider Vein Consultation with our vein specialists and to find out more about our Tampa spider vein treatment, give us a call at (813) 377-2773 because you deserve to have your legs looking and feeling their best.