Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged abnormal veins. They appear bulgy, ropey and protrude out from just below the skin.

Varicose veins are common, affecting 20% of adults. Varicose veins occur most commonly in the legs, and are more common in women than in men.

The presence of varicose veins usually is a marker for an underlying vein problem involving veins you cannot see. This vein problem is known as venous insufficiency.

When standing and sitting, gravity pulls blood into these veins which causes them to bulge. This increase in pressure from gravity leads to vein symptoms of pain, tenderness, throbbing, and warmth over the varicose veins.

Treating varicose veins is simple, minimally invasive, and can be done in an office setting resulting in legs that look and feel better.

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Spider Veins

Spider veins are dilated veins that run visibly through the skin layer.

A variant of spider veins are reticular veins. Reticular veins are larger veins that run just below the skin. Reticular veins have a typical blue-green appearance.

Spider veins are common and are more prevalent in women. Several factors may contribute to the development of spider veins. These include family history, female reproductive hormones – especially with pregnancy, age, trauma, and wear and tear.

Spider veins are a benign condition and almost never cause medical problems.

Spider veins are unsightly – the good news is that they are easy to treat. The best treatment for spider veins on the legs is sclerotherapy. At VeinSolutions, we have treated spider veins for years with excellent results.

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Achy, Painful, Tired, & Restless Legs

Veins take blood back to the heart. Normal leg veins are built to be one way. Veins have one way ‘check’ valves that open to allow blood to flow up towards the heart, but the valves close when gravity pulls blood back into the veins as you sit or stand.

Most vein problems develop when the ‘check’ valves in a vein malfunction – become ‘leaky’ – and allows gravity to pull blood back into the leg veins – this is venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a common medical problem affecting over 20% of adults.

Venous insufficiency can cause many leg symptoms. These symptoms include painful, achy, tired, heaviness, throbbing and restless legs. Leg swelling and cramps or ‘charley horses’, unsightly and painful varicose veins.

Less common, but more serious symptoms include: lower leg discoloration, itching, eczema, dermatitis and sores or ulcers.

Man bending down with vein pain in his leg

Achy, Painful, Tired, & Restless Legs

Veins take blood back to the heart. Normal leg veins are built to be one way. Veins have one way ‘check’ valves that open to allow blood to flow up towards the heart, but the valves close when gravity pulls blood back into the veins as you sit or stand.

Most vein problems develop when the ‘check’ valves in a vein malfunction – become ‘leaky’ – and allows gravity to pull blood back into the leg veins – this is venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a common medical problem affecting over 20% of adults.

Venous insufficiency can cause many leg symptoms. These symptoms include painful, achy, tired, heaviness, throbbing and restless legs. Leg swelling and cramps or ‘charley horses’, unsightly and painful varicose veins.

Less common, but more serious symptoms include: lower leg discoloration, itching, eczema, dermatitis and sores or ulcers.

Leg Discoloration & Ulcers

Venous insufficiency is an underlying condition that causes many leg symptoms that are difficult to treat without the proper diagnosis. Without proper blood flow to and from your legs, you can experience leg pain, discoloration and venous stasis ulcers. However, these symptoms do not occur in every patient with venous insufficiency.

Leg discoloration develops after years of increased vein pressure in the lower legs and ankle with more blood pooling in the veins. The increase in pooling and pressure leads to blood leaking into surrounding tissue getting trapped in skin.

The build-up of old tapped blood causes inflammation in the skin and surrounding tissue resulting in discoloration and itching. In the worst cases the skin breaks down and an ulcer develops – a venous stasis ulcer. These ulcers can be very painful despite their size and take a long time to heal. Leg ulcers can be treated with compression bandages and garments which reduces swelling and promotes healing. However, the best treatment is to identify and treat any underlying vein problem.

Leg Discoloration & Ulcers

Venous insufficiency is an underlying condition that causes many leg symptoms that are difficult to treat without the proper diagnosis. Without proper blood flow to and from your legs, you can experience leg pain, discoloration and venous stasis ulcers. However, these symptoms do not occur in every patient with venous insufficiency.

Leg discoloration develops after years of increased vein pressure in the lower legs and ankle with more blood pooling in the veins. The increase in pooling and pressure leads to blood leaking into surrounding tissue getting trapped in skin.

The build-up of old tapped blood causes inflammation in the skin and surrounding tissue resulting in discoloration and itching. In the worst cases the skin breaks down and an ulcer develops – a venous stasis ulcer. These ulcers can be very painful despite their size and take a long time to heal. Leg ulcers can be treated with compression bandages and garments which reduces swelling and promotes healing. However, the best treatment is to identify and treat any underlying vein problem.