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An estimated 20% of the U.S. adult population is afflicted with some type of vein problem.

Vein Conditions

If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins, you’re not alone. More than 50 million other American adults do, too. Uncomfortable, unsightly and linked to various health problems, these conditions are more than frustrating. In many cases, they’re serious concerns. For some patients, varicose vein conditions, venous insufficiency and related issues can be extremely painful or even debilitating.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are those red, blue or purple groups of tangled, tiny blood vessels that look a little like spider webs. They’re typically located on the lower legs and thighs.

Spider Vein Symptoms

Some people experience no discomfort from spider veins while others may feel a burning or aching sensation around the affected veins.

Spider Vein Causes

While there is no one single cause for spider veins, risk factors include genetics, gender, age, weight and pregnancy.

Spider Vein Treatment


Varicose Veins

Larger than spider veins, varicose veins are raised, bumpy and can be painful.  They most often appear on the legs, especially on the back of calves or the inner sides of calves and thighs.

Varicose Vein Symptoms

There are several symptoms associated with varicose veins, including:

  • Veins that are twisted, bulging, and dark blue or purple
  • Leg pain, swollen ankles, aching or cramping, itching or burning sensations
  • Weary or heavy feeling in the legs
  • Restless legs at night
  • Ulcers

Varicose Vein Causes

While there is no single cause for the venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins and spider veins, there are several risk factors that make a person more likely to develop it. These factors include genetics, age, gender, pregnancy, being overweight and living a sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re concerned you may have some level of venous insufficiency, talk to our experts at North Shore Vascular.

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