Vascular conditions affect the blood vessels, which are responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells and organs throughout the body. When you have a vascular condition, it often indicates a problem with your blood vessels. There are many different types of vascular conditions. However, varicose and spider veins are among the most common.
What Are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins appear as large, twisted, and bulging blood vessels. This condition most often develops in the legs and pelvic area but may form anywhere on the body. Varicose veins may be seen just under the skin and come as a result of weakened valves and walls in the veins.
On the other hand, spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins and are red, purple, or blue. Like varicose veins, spider veins twist and turn but do not bulge. They are found close to the skin’s surface and affect the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body. This condition gets its name from the fact that the veins often look like a spider’s web. Spider veins are commonly found on the legs and face.
Symptoms of Varicose and Spider Veins
Aside from varicose veins being visible on the skin, there are other symptoms that may be present. Spider veins, however, rarely cause any discomfort and are often a cosmetic concern. Varicose veins may cause a number of symptoms, such as:
- Aching or cramping in the legs
- The feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Restless legs
- Burning, throbbing, or tingling sensations
Although not as common, varicose veins may also cause ulcers and thrombophlebitis, a condition in which a blood clot forms in the vein. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor.
Risk Factors of Varicose and Spider Veins
There are several factors that may increase your risk of developing varicose and spider veins. Some risk factors to consider include:
- A history of blood clots
- Hormonal changes (during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause)
- The use of birth control pills
- Standing for long periods of time
Varicose and spider veins are also hereditary conditions. If you have family members with these conditions, you may be more likely to develop them. In addition, conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors, may contribute to the development of varicose veins.
NJ Spine and Wellness Vascular Care
NJ Spine and Wellness offers a variety of treatments for vascular conditions. We understand that each patient is unique, and our team of vein specialists will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you.
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