What are Spider Vein & Varicose Veins?

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What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are caused by damaged valves (one-way doors) inside the leg veins. The damaged veins may become bulges under the skin and lead to spider veins.

The main symptoms of varicose veins include bulging, bluish veins, swelling, aching pain, heaviness, itching, changes in skin color, and afternoon or night-time leg cramps. The physicians at our vein center in Manhattan do a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of your varicose veins.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small blue or purple blood vessels visible under the surface of the skin. Spider veins can look like anything from straight lines to spider webs. They typically appear on the face or legs.

Spider veins do not have any specific symptoms on their own, but they might be symptomatic of an underlying problem called venous reflux. This can cause legs to feel painful, heavy, cramped, itchy, and swollen. Venous reflux occurs when the one-way valves (doors) in the veins do not function properly and allow blood to back up in the legs. The vein experts at VIP Medical Group do a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of spider veins.

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Vein Disease Symptoms

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Restless leg syndrome is common amongst people who generally lead inactive or sedentary lifestyles. However, excessive restlessness is often indicative of underlying venous insufficiency, especially if your restlessness is more pronounced at the end of the day. Venous insufficiency causes blood accumulation in your veins, leading to restlessness in your legs. Our vein experts in NYC examine your leg veins to diagnose and treat restless leg syndrome.

Restless leg syndrome produces an insatiable urge to move your legs around, which, in turn, may lead to fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and insomnia. If caused by underlying vein disease, you may also experience other venous insufficiency symptoms, such as leg heaviness, frequent leg cramps, spider veins, and varicose veins. If you notice any symptoms of restless leg syndrome or vein disease, please contact our vein doctors in NYC.


Leg cramps may occur due to dehydration, electrolysis imbalance, or the lack of muscle use for extended periods. However, if you experience frequent leg cramps despite consuming sufficient water and maintaining a balanced diet, there’s a strong chance that you may have underlying venous insufficiency. Our vein doctors in NYC examine your leg veins and use advanced diagnostic tests to determine if your leg cramps are indeed caused by venous insufficiency. 

Leg cramps produce sudden bursts of tightness and painful sensations in your calves and thighs. Leg cramps caused by underlying vein disease usually worsen at the end of the day and may even make you wake up in the middle of the night with painful cramps.


Lеg hеаvіnеѕѕ can be due to multiple different causes, but the most common cause is chronic venous insufficiency, a circulatory disorder of the veins in the legs. Leg heaviness due to vein disease tends to be worse with prolonged sitting or standing. Exercise usually improves symptoms, and heat makes them worse.

If you have noticed leg heaviness at the end of the day, particularly if you have visible spider and varicose veins on the surface of the skin, consider seeing a qualified vein doctor to be evaluated for venous insufficiency.


Leg swelling is a common condition with several potential causes, such as high salt intake, heart failure, kidney failure, muscle injuries, lymphatic system problems, etc. However, chronic venous insufficiency is one of the most common causes of leg swelling, especially if the swelling worsens at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting or standing still. If you have persistent leg swelling that improves with leg elevation or worsens with inactivity, please contact your vein center in NYC for a diagnosis.

Leg swelling causes considerable discomfort, tightness, and sensitivity in your legs, often accompanied by hair loss and skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation). If you have leg swelling due to underlying vein disease, the swelling will worsen if you sit still for long periods or at the end of the day. In some cases, leg swelling may also be accompanied by other vein disease symptoms, such as leg heaviness, restless legs, spider veins, varicose veins, etc.

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Causes of Vein Disease

Causes of Spider and Varicose Veins

Common causes of spider veins are family history (genetics) and work involving prolonged periods of standing, such as nursing, customer service, police, or security. Other risk factors include female hormones during pregnancy, while on birth control pills, or during menopause, and a history of blood clots. Up to 60% of all people may develop spider veins. Our vein doctors in New York can properly diagnose you after a thorough history and physical examination.

Common causes of varicose veins include family history, long periods of standing (police, nursing, customer service), female hormones, and pregnancy. Blood clots in the legs may also contribute to varicose veins. Our vein physicians in NYC properly diagnose the root cause of your varicose veins after a thorough history and physical examination.

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a common medical condition wherein the veins carrying blood to the heart malfunction, leading to blood accumulation in your leg veins.

The direct cause of venous insufficiency is the collapse of the vein valves in your veins, i.e., the one-way doors that ensure smooth blood circulation to your heart. When your vein valves malfunction, blood flows backward and accumulates in your leg veins. Vein disease is far more common amongst women than men, especially women going through hormonal changes due to pregnancy or birth control pills. Vein disease may also occur due to the natural weakening of vein walls due to age, weight gain, or a sedentary lifestyle.



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