Is it Spider Veins or Venous Reflux?
- Posted on: Jul 15 2017
Before commencing with treatment for spider veins, an important aspect of our protocol is to ascertain whether venous reflux could be involved. This condition, which describes the pooling of blood in veins, may cause visible red, purple, and blue “webs.” Because venous reflux is also a potential trigger for edema (swelling) and chronic vascular insufficiency, and even varicose veins, we want to know if it is playing a role in the development of spider veins.
What May Cause Venous Reflux
Blood vessels are complex structures that contain one-way valves that have cusps, or flaps, of tissue that serve as “doors”. These valves close on blood once it has passed through. These valves are vital to healthy circulation because they are partly responsible for pushing blood back to the heart, where it is oxygenated. Valves can close prematurely for a few reasons:
- Clotting of blood in the deep vessels of the leg may obstruct circulation, causing reflux to occur. This is often referred to as deep vein thrombosis.
- Superficial reflux that occurs in veins close to the skin’s surface may result from age-related weakening of the small vessels. Clots may also form in superficial veins, causing blood to pool.
Venous Reflux Treatment
There are various treatments for venous reflux to meet certain objectives. If this condition has caused spider veins, sclerotherapy may be an appropriate protocol. Sometimes varicose veins treatment includes sclerotherapy, though VenaSeal or ablation, is another option.
Lifestyle habits such as walking or wearing compression socks may are also possible forms of treatment. Walking is an excellent form of exercise because it facilitates healthy circulation of blood through the lower extremities. Compression socks are not only for individuals with an overwhelming number of varicose veins. According to research, graduated compression can also reduce muscle weakness and cramp in endurance athletes by supporting veins and gently forcing circulation in a safe manner.
Schedule a Consultation
At The Vein Clinic in Columbia, we investigate the possible cause of spider veins and other vein issues so that we may develop the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient. Call (803) 253-8667 to schedule your consultation.