Spider Veins

What are spider veins?

Have you ever noticed spider veins on your legs or feet? Then you’re not alone.  Spider veins are tiny veins that lie directly under the skin surface and appear either bluish or reddish in color.  They usually develop on the legs and occur when the venous valves become leaky.  This means the blood can’t flow back towards the heart as normal.  Contrary to popular opinion, spider veins don’t just affect older people: they are widely distributed among all age groups, appearing more frequently in women than in men.

Chronic venous insufficiency is usually the underlying cause of varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins.  In this case, the valves in the veins are damaged or weakened, which inhibits blood circulation back towards the heart and allows the blood to pool in the affected body part.


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