The condition known as varicose veins is a common problem that affects millions of people across the country and throughout the world. Many people seek treatment to eliminate these veins. Others just put up with them.
The most common parts of the body on which varicose veins develop is the legs. They form when blood begins to pool in the veins. The backup of blood that is not flowing as it should puts added pressure on the vessel walls and causes them to enlarge and become varicose.
Within the veins are some valves at various places along the length of each vein. These valves act as check valves to keep the blood from flowing backwards. These valves play an especially important role in the legs. Because the legs are closer to the ground, and because the blood must be pumped uphill for much of the time to return it to the heart and lungs, blood must be pumped against the force of gravity. If the valves fail to function as they should, the gravitational pull working against the natural directional flow of the blood creates the conditions that lead to the formation of varicose veins.
Varicose veins are usually visible through the skin, and they often bulge out in a way that resembles twisted cords. The appearance issue the condition creates leads many people to explore treatment options to have the veins removed. Other people may suffer from symptoms that often accompany the disease.
Symptoms caused by the presence of varicose veins can include pain, tingling and numbness. There can also be some swelling of the legs and around the ankles. These symptoms usually worsen when the person spends a lot of time on his or her feet or in a stationary position.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins except they develop in the smaller vessels, known as capillaries, that branch off the larger vessels in order to deliver oxygen to all locations within the body. The most common areas for their development include the legs, face and chest. They can also be visible through the skin and frequently look like the web of a spider. They are often red or blue in color.
Unlike varicose veins, spider veins seldom produce symptoms. Nevertheless, many people look for ways to have them removed because of the appearance issue they cause.
If you have either or both of these conditions and would like to see what methods are available to get rid of them, you should have a conversation with us at The Vein Center. During this consultation, you will learn about the treatment options that are likely to bring the most success. Your condition can be evaluated and your medical history reviewed to determine the best course of action for you. Contact us at our office in Mount Pleasant today.