Optima Vein Care of Phoenix, Chandler & Scottsdale, AZ
Spider veins are tiny red, blue or purple veins that commonly appear on the surface of the thighs, calves and ankles. They tend to take on one of three characteristic patterns – a "sunburst" or spider-web pattern radiating outward from a central point, a "tree-branch" pattern, or a "matting" or linear pattern that may be nothing more than a set of thin lines.
Spider veins are extremely frequent and may be associated with symptoms such as burning and itching or just an uncomfortable feeling in the legs. Risk factors for spider veins are similar to those for varicose veins – age, heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, obesity and extended periods of standing – as well as sun exposure and injuries to the skin surface.
Spider veins may be isolated or associated with "feeder" veins or with larger underlying varicose veins. They are often considered merely cosmetic, but can signal an abnormal increase in pressure in the venous system in the legs. For that reason, most physicians prefer to conduct an ultrasound exam to determine the extent of the problem and the underlying causes of the condition before formulating a treatment plan. Contact us for more info on spider vein treatment in Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale, Arizona.