Learn about varicose veins/vein procedures
Varicose veins and telangiectasia (spider veins), typically occur due to disease valves in the superficial veins. When the vein is diseased, the valves do not meet. This allows blood to flow backwards, and move in both directions. This is called venous insufficiency, or "reflux". Reflux can cause symptoms of aching, pain, heaviness, fatigue in the legs, swelling, restlessness, skin discolorations in the ankle areas, and in worst cases, venous ulcers.
This photo may be disturbing to some, but this shows the progression of a disease that is TOTALLY TREATABLE! Patients may be experiencing spider veins, or varicose veins. Swelling usually becomes an issue, and progression to skin discoloration and/or venous ulcers is the final stage. Risk factors include age, profession (teacher, nurse, factor worker - those who stand or sit for long periods of time), pregnancy, and family history. A special ultrasound will examine the legs, the valves in the veins, and determine if you have this medical condition.