Spider veins are a common problem often confused with varicose veins. While both of these problematic veins appear on your legs, spider veins are small vessels that are typically red, blue, or purple and often appear squiggly or web-like. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are an enlarged twisted, or swollen vein that usually looks dark purple or blue.
Most of the time, spider veins often develop because of venous insufficiency. This issue occurs when you have weakened venous valves in your legs that allow your blood to flow in the opposite direction and pool, instead of towards your heart.
Spider veins may seem to be primarily a cosmetic issue, but, without treatment, they often worsen. Over time, your spider veins can turn into varicose veins and develop into chronic venous insufficiency. This condition can contribute to more dramatic skin changes and leg ulcers.
Common symptoms associated with spider veins include:
You can develop spider veins for a wide range of reasons, including standing for long periods, being obese or pregnant, or having a family history of the condition or blood clots.
The Garden State Pain & Orthopedics might recommend a variety of treatments to treat your condition, such as sclerotherapy, laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation, or VenaSeal™.
Sclerotherapy reduces spider veins and small varicose veins by injecting a particular solution into the problematic vessel. The solution creates a scar in the vein, which closes it.
Ablation techniques treat vein issues by delivering electricity, laser energy, or radio waves to your affected vein to shrink and collapse it.
This treatment uses a specially formulated medical adhesive to close your diseased vein.
Once your provider treats your spider vein, your body absorbs it, and your blood flow reroutes to healthier, stronger veins. After having spider vein treatment, your provider might recommend wearing compression stockings for a short period.
For more information on spider veins and treatment, call Garden State Pain & Orthopedics or book a consultation online today.