Varicose & Spider Veins
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that have become enlarged and bulge through the skin. They affect the legs and feet more than any other part of the body because those veins are under more pressure than any other part of the body. Spider veins are smaller veins and usually are a much milder version of varicose veins. If you are looking for information on what causes varicose veins, they are usually the result of a lot of standing or walking on a daily basis. Both types of veins can also occur during pregnancy, but often clear up shortly after delivery.
Most patients with varicose or spider veins do not experience any symptoms; however, some people do experience aches and pains. Varicose vein treatment options include removal procedures that can be done right in our offices. If you are concerned about varicose veins or spider veins, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists in Port Saint Lucie and our other 5 locations.
What are Varicose & Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels and veins that can become swollen and raised above the skin, making them visible through the skin and become mangled into strange shapes instead of being straight. They are most common in the legs and feet. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and can be red, purple, or blue. They also twist and turn and can be seen through the skin. Spider veins are just a smaller version of varicose veins. What causes varicose veins and what causes spider veins? They are both caused by pressure, which is why they usually appear in the legs. Your veins carry the blood throughout your body and the veins in your feet and legs have to fight against the pressure of gravity in order to send blood back up through your body. This pressure causes them to become enlarged and change shape. Common causes of varicose veins and spider veins include obesity and pregnancy. These types of veins are also common in people who stand or walk a lot on a regular basis.
Symptoms of Varicose & Spider Veins
For some patients, varicose veins and spider veins do not cause any symptoms or problems other than cosmetic ones. However, some patients with varicose veins experience tiredness, restlessness, and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. Much of the discomfort associated with varicose veins and spider veins is alleviated with rest and elevation or when you wear compression stockings. If severe cases of varicose veins are left untreated, they can cause complications, including circulation issues.
Treatment for Varicose & Spider Veins
There are vein treatments available besides the self-care options of rest, elevation and compression stockings mentioned above. Losing weight can help alleviate symptoms or even result in the shrinking back or disappearance of the veins completely. That is often the case with varicose or spider veins that are brought on during pregnancy; once the extra baby weight comes off, your legs will return back to the way they looked before. Other options include varicose vein laser treatment and sclerotherapy, which can significantly reduce the appearance of unsightly or painful veins.
Diagnosing Varicose & Spider Veins
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for spider vein or varicose vein treatment? Visiting a podiatrist doesn’t need to be stressful. Our goal is to work with you and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose varicose veins or spider veins with an examination and take a look at your legs while you are standing. You should be prepared with information, such as how long you have had symptoms, and describe the symptoms you are having. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the legs and feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.