Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are swollen, twisted, and sometimes painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood.
What Are the Symptoms of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
- Fullness, heaviness, aching, and sometimes pain in the legs
- Visible, enlarged veins
- Mild swelling of ankles
- Brown discoloration of the skin at the ankles
- Skin ulcers near the ankle
What Are the Causes of Varicose Veins?
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are the result of dysfunctional valves in the veins normally responsible for regulating blood movement. When the valves fail, blood remains in the veins causing vein enlargement, particularly in the legs. Valve dysfunction is known to occur as a result of:
- Defective valves from birth (congenitally defective valves)
- Blood clots
- Other conditions
- Standing for long periods of time
- Increased pressure to the abdomen
What Are the Treatments for Varicose Veins?
There are multiple treatments for varicose veins and spider veins because each patient is different and each presentation of venous disease is unique to everyone. Treatments may involve EVLT, Radiofrequency ablation, Sclerotherapy, Ambultory phlebectomy and some other more exotic treatments as well. With all of our vein patients we do recommend regular use of compression stockings to maximize healing and improve circulation in the veins of the lower limbs. You will need a specific appointment with Dr. Crippen to determine the best treatment for your specific condition but you should also know that all of our treatments are performed in our own medical facility and you do not need to visit the hospital or be subjected to a general anesthetic. Most patients are surprised to hear how simple and quick it is to have those veins treated that have been bothering them for so many years.