Spider veins often indicate poor circulation within the superficial and sometimes even the deep veins in the legs.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are unhealthy veins just underneath the skin, most commonly located on the lower extremities. When they occur in clusters, they may have a spidery appearance, giving them their name. Spider veins are usually blue, red, or purple in color and are often found in clusters that spread outward. Spider veins can often be the first indication of an underlying condition called chronic venous insufficiency.
Spider veins often cause few symptoms beyond an undesirable cosmetic appearance. However, some individuals may experience severe symptoms, including leg heaviness, swelling, aching, throbbing, restless legs, burning, itching, or cramping of the legs. These symptoms should be a signal for getting attention from a vein specialist.