Vein Diseases - Overview
An estimated 60% of women and men suffer from vein disease.
Some of the signs and symptoms include leg pain, achy legs, burning in legs, numbness in legs, leg cramps, heaviness in legs, itching legs, restless legs, tired legs, swelling in ankles or leg calves. Left untreated, it may result in skin discoloration, bleeding veins, sores that heal poorly, and blood clots.
To understand vein disease, you must first understand the function of veins. Arteries are blood vessels responsible for delivering blood to all areas of the body, including the legs. Veins are responsible for collecting the same blood and bringing it back to the heart. Leg veins, located farthest from the heart, have to work extra hard to push blood upward against gravity toward the heart.
Studies have shown that a vast majority of people have genetically weak veins. Now, if you add more risk factors such as standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, pregnancy, excess weight, and trauma, veins can start to fail. As veins begin to fail, blood starts to pool in the legs resulting in veins that are "varicose"—abnormally swollen or knotted.
02 Spider VeinsSpider Veins are smaller versions of varicose veins that usually appear on the skin's surface as small, red to purple blood vessels that resemble a spider's web. While spider veins rarely pose a medical problem, they often signal problems in the larger veins below the skin's surface.
Which of these legs MAY HAVE varicose veins?
All of the above.
Signs and Symptoms
- Burning or numbness
- Cramping or 'Charlie horse'
- Leg pain
- Restlessness in legs
- Swelling in feet ankles and calves
Left untreated, may result in skin discoloration, bleeding veins, sores that heal poorly, and blood clots.