The visible varicose veins in the legs, both large and small, are most often a result of problems elsewhere in the leg.
Venous insufficiency is a condition during which the circulatory system has trouble pushing blood from the extremities back to the heart.
Legs are the most commonly affected by the vein disorder, although it can affect other parts the body as well.
Chronic venous insufficiency leads to pooling of the blood which is the underlying cause of varicose veins, the blue or purple twisted, rope-like veins that look like cords pushing up from below the skin—and spider veins, the red, blue, or purple thin, “spider web like” veins that show through the top layer of the skin.
Anyone can develop varicose or spider veins. The following are contributing risk factors:
If you suddenly experience fatigue, swelling, pain, or tenderness in one or both legs, warm and or discolored skin on the affected leg(s), or suddenly visible vein(s), seek medical care immediately. You may be experiencing deep vein thrombosis or other effects of a blood clot.
Spider Veins are red, blue, or purple thin “spider web like” veins that show through the top layer of the skin, usually on the face or the legs. They may appear in groups. Spider veins are usually painless, but the addition of a dull or aching sensation in the legs may indicate a more severe venous insufficiency.
Varicose Veins are blue or purple twisted, rope-like veins that look like cords pushing up from below the skin, usually on the legs but they can occur anywhere. Varicose veins often cause achy, heavy, throbbing, warm, or itchy sensations in the legs, swelling in the feet and ankles, and leg cramps.
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