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Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Conditions and Treatments
Leg Vein Conditions –
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Varicose veins happen due to a blood flow issue and appear enlarged and twisted. Varicose veins in legs are most common. They affect the legs because standing and walking put more pressure on these veins.
Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller and found closer to the skin’s surface. They are often red or blue in colour and look like a spider’s web in varying sizes. Spider veins on legs are most common but can also appear on the face.
For many people, varicose veins symptoms are minor. They experience varicose veins and spider veins mainly as cosmetic concerns. For others, varicose veins pain and discomfort are a daily concern and can lead to more serious problems.
Another varicose meaning is varicosities, as you may have also seen it written.
Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Causes
There aren’t many causes of varicose veins, but one main reason they occur. Weak or damaged vein walls and valves usually cause them. Inside your veins are little valves that open to let the blood through to the heart and then close to prevent your blood from flowing backwards. If these valves become weak or damaged, blood flows backwards and pools in the veins, causing the veins to stretch or twist.
Complications of Varicose Veins:
Some factors show complications of varicose veins.
Aging causes the valves that help control blood flow to wear down.
Women are more likely to develop varicose veins and varicose veins symptoms.
Hormonal changes before menstruation, during pregnancy or menopause may be a factor because hormones tend to relax vein walls and change blood volume.
Genetics increase the chance you will have varicose veins or spider veins.
Being overweight puts more pressure on your veins.
Standing or sitting for long periods restricts blood flow and can increase your chance of having them.
Having flat feet is another cause.
Spider veins occur closer to the skin’s surface.
Varicose Veins Symptoms and Spider Veins Symptoms
Varicose veins might not cause pain. Early stage varicose veins symptoms include:
Veins that are dark blue or purple.
Veins that appear twisted and bulging.
When painful varicose veins symptoms happen, they might include:
A heavy feeling in the legs.
The skin around your varicose vein changes colour.
Lower leg burning, cramping, or burning sensations.
Pain that gets worse after standing or sitting for long periods.
Swelling in your legs.
Itching around the varicose veins.
Spider Veins Symptoms
Some spider veins symptoms include:
Veins that are red or blue on your legs or face.
Veins that look like a spider’s web in varying sizes.
Varicose Veins Treatment
Varicose veins treatment can be made more effective by some lifestyle changes. Improving blood flow and muscle tone might help reduce minor varicose veins symptoms. You can do this by:
Regularly changing your standing or sitting position.
Eating a low-salt diet.
Elevating your legs when you’re sitting or lying down.
Sleeping in a horizontal position. It helps your vein valves function more effectively than when sitting or standing.
Swimming to reduce the pressure of gravity on your veins.
LMC Specialists recommend compression stockings or socks as an effective varicose veins treatment to help manage your varicose veins or spider veins that aren’t complicated. Compression stockings are elastic hosiery that supports healthy blood circulation. The pressure they put on your ankles and legs compresses the arteries and veins. It helps the vein valves function correctly, and the blood flows back to your heart without difficulty.
Putting on compression stockings in the morning will keep the valves in the correct position to support healthy blood circulation in your legs during the day.
An important distinction
LMC Chiropodists perform doppler tests to ensure compression stockings are a safe and appropriate treatment for you. This doesn’t happen when buying compression stockings at a local drug store or from non-specialists.
Why Choose LMC
We are part of one of Canada’s largest teams of Medical Specialists and treat the most complex conditions, such as diabetic wounds, daily. It makes simple cases such as varicose and spider veins, heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and plantar warts easily handled by our experts.
LMC Healthcare has one of the largest research divisions in North America, Centricity Research. Our Chiropodists (Footcare Specialists) have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge foot health research and new treatment approaches.
Members of the Approved Provider Network (APN)
LMC Healthcare is one of a handful of the most skilled and trusted footcare providers included in the APN. It allows us to be exclusive providers for various hospitals and insurance companies in Ontario.
Collaborative and Convenient Approach
While a referral is not required to see our Chiropodists, we keep your family physician informed every step of the way with assessment and treatment summaries.
You also never have to wait long for an appointment! We have eight easily accessible locations in Ontario. Brampton, Vaughan, Oakville, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Midtown Toronto, Barrie, Ottawa, with more coming soon.
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