Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins you can see and feel through your skin. They most often occur in your legs and may appear dark blue or purple and twisted. They can be painful and occasionally can cause bleeding or ulcers. Spider veins are smaller red vessels that twist and turn. They are typically visible on the legs.
Varicose veins may be very painful. They may also cause a burning, heavy or aching feeling in your legs. Some people describe itching, throbbing or numbness. They are often associated with leg swelling.
Varicose veins are more likely to occur in older women; however, they can occur in both men and women of any age. You may be at a higher risk for varicose veins if you are obese or pregnant or if you spend a long time standing at your job. This is more likely to occur in occupations like hair stylists, teachers and house cleaners.
At University of Miami Health System, our expert interventional radiologists can use minimally invasive techniques to destroy varicose veins, improve symptoms, and the appearance of your veins.
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