Spider veins are small capillaries that are close to the skins surface. These veins usually appear small and thin, and may have some red or blue discoloration. Spider veins are different from varicose veins in that they usually are not swollen or painful.
If you have spider vein pain, it could be due to an underlying condition, venous insufficiency. This could mean that what you thought were spider veins are actually varicose veins.
Spider veins usually do not cause any discomfort or symptoms. They are mainly a cosmetic issue; therefore, treatment is not eligible for insurance coverage.
Who is at Risk for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins and spider veins can affect anyone at any age; however, they are most common in older women. Also, women are generally more likely to develop vein issues than men. There are some lifestyle factors that can increase your risk for venous insufficiency, like having a job that requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins that result from poor circulation of blood in the legs and ankles. The swollen veins can often cause pain around the area, and it may make it difficult to stand for a long period.
Some of the most common symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Heavy Legs
- Pain Relief When You Elevate Your Legs
Venous insufficiency is not a life-threatening condition; however, it does have the potential to cause complications when treatment is delayed. If you are experiencing spider vein pain, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our specialists to receive a diagnosis and get started on your treatment journey.
Treatment for Venous Insufficiency and Spider Vein Pain
At USA Vein Clinics, we treat a variety of vein issues including varicose veins and spider veins. If you are experiencing spider vein pain, you may need medical treatment to find relief. We offer non-surgical treatments for vein issues that take place in an outpatient setting. If you have any questions regarding our treatments, insurance coverage, or need help scheduling an appointment, just give us a call at 888.768.3467. We are happy to provide you with all the information you need to find lasting relief from spider vein pain or varicose veins.