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An Overview Of The Various Types Of Varicose Veins

Last updated 6 years ago

When people hear the words “varicose veins”, a single condition is usually the mental image evoked. It surprises most people to learn that there are actually several types of varicose veins. Each type is treated a little differently, meaning it is important to get a proper diagnosis before starting a treatment option. So what are the different types of varicose veins?

  • Varicose Veins
    Traditional varicose veins are blue or purple, lumpy veins that protrude from the legs. They are caused by improperly functioning valves in the vein that causes blood to pool inside and the vein walls to bulge. They can be quite painful and can lead to potentially serious health complications.
  • Spider Veins
    Smaller than varicose veins, spider veins are often caused by leaking varicose veins or weakened vein walls. They appear on the skin’s surface and can look like a web of bluish fine lines. Spider veins can be prevented with proper exercise or sclerotherapy.
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
    While not strictly a type of varicose vein, chronic venous insufficiency exhibits many of the same symptoms. Venous insufficiency is characterized by the veins’ inability to send enough blood from the legs back to the heart. This can cause swelling and edema in the feet and legs, as well as eczema or other skin disorders.

While there are many other disorders closely related to varicose veins, these are by far the most common. Varicose veins can be extremely painful, so if you are exhibiting symptoms, get checked out by your doctor. For more information about varicose vein treatment options, contact us today at (212) 204-6501. Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan is a full-service vein treatment clinic specializing in minimally-invasive treatment options. We are board-certified and committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients.


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