Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted rope like veins that appear near the surface of the skin. While they can develop anywhere in the body, they are most commonly found in the legs and ankles because standing and walking increases pressure in the lower extremities
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Large veins visible under the surface of the skin
- Mild swelling of ankles and feet
- Painful, achy, or "heavy" legs
- Throbbing or cramping in your legs
- Itchy legs, especially on the lower leg and ankle.
Spider veins (telangiectasias) are similar varicose veins, but smaller and found closer to the skin surface. They take their name from their appearance, which resembles a spiders web. Usually red or blue in color, they vary in size and can be found in other areas of the body besides the legs, including the face.
Symptoms of Spider Veins
- Achy or heavy feeling in legs.
- Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping.
- Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time.
- Itching around one or more of your veins.
- Skin discoloration around veins.