An estimated 35% of adults in the United States have at least one varicose vein, most likely somewhere on the lower body, particularly in the lower legs or feet. From her innovative podiatry practice in Plantation, Florida, Nina Coletta, DPM, PA, provides comprehensive care, including in-office diagnostic imaging, for patients in Broward County with varicose veins, as well as spider veins. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.
The primary job of your veins is to return deoxygenated blood from your extremities back to your heart. To help them complete this essential and continuous process, they contain a series of one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the right direction.
When these valves become weak or damaged, blood can get backed up and pool behind the valve, causing your veins to swell until the valve eventually relents under pressure. As the pooling and swelling process repeats, it causes the affected vein to become varicose.
Varicose veins, which appear close to the surface of the skin, typically appear enlarged, twisted, or bulging. They’re also usually blue or purple. The veins in your legs and feet are more likely to become varicose because gravity places them under higher pressure.
Spider veins are a milder type of varicose vein that develops even closer to the surface of your skin. Besides having a distinct weblike appearance, spider veins are smaller, thinner, and usually colored red or blue. They tend to develop on a leg or facial skin.
While most varicose veins don’t pose any health risks, they can become problematic. Varicose veins can burst and bleed, for example, or they may cause uncomfortable symptoms such as:
Self-care measures that can help alleviate uncomfortable varicose veins and keep them from getting worse include:
It’s also helpful to avoid standing for long periods of time or crossing your legs when seated.
To learn more, call her office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.