What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small red, purple or blue veins that twist and turn. These are often easily seen, as they are just below the skin surface. While many people consider this a cosmetic issue, spider veins are usually a sign of an underlying true medical problem and cause symptoms.

How did I get these?

There are many risk factors for spider veins. These include:

  • Increasing age
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Hormones
  • Weight
  • Prolonged standing
  • Prolonged sitting

Many patients come to us with spider veins after being on their feet for years. Teachers, wait staff and retail workers are particularly susceptible. Standing for long periods of time puts a lot of stress on the valves in the veins. When these valves get damaged, circulation suffers.

What do they do?

Spider veins cause symptoms many symptoms. These include:

  • Aching and throbbing pain
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Heavy and tired legs
  • Cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • History of blood clots


Spider veins can quickly be treated with small amounts of medication inserted directly into the spider vein. This medicine can close the veins, which are then naturally reabsorbed by your body. This safe and affordable treatment usually only requires a few sessions and is completed as an outpatient procedure.

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