Our vein specialists can help treat the twisted, enlarged veins known as varicose veins
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. Any superficial vein may become varicosed, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs. That's because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.
For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern.
For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems. Treatment may involve self-care measures or procedures by your doctor to close or remove veins.
Weak or damaged valves can lead to varicose veins. Arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your tissues, and veins return blood from the rest of your body to your heart, so the blood can be recirculated. To return blood to your heart, the veins in your legs must work against gravity.
Muscle contractions in your lower legs act as pumps, and elastic vein walls help blood return to your heart. Tiny valves in your veins open as blood flows toward your heart then close to stop blood from flowing backward. If these valves are weak or damaged, blood can flow backward and pool in the vein, causing the veins to stretch or twist.
Certain risk factors can increase your risk of developing varicose veins, including:
Varicose veins may not cause any pain. Signs you may have varicose veins include:
When painful signs and symptoms occur, they may include:
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they're smaller. Spider veins are found closer to the skin's surface and are often red or blue.
Spider veins occur on the legs, but can also be found on the face. They vary in size and often look like a spider's web.
There are many different treatment methods for varicose veins. Conservative treatment options include lifestyle modifications, daily exercise, leg elevation and medical grade compression stockings. If traditional treatments are not effective and are unsuccessful at relieving symptoms, then the closure of the vein is typically the next step in treatment.
Our extensive knowledge and commitment to quality care makes us one of the most trusted groups in Arizona. To get more information and to learn about our next free vein screening, visit our Vein Center.