What are varicose veins and spider veins?
- They are damaged veins, usually located on the legs and ankles, that have become enlarged, twisted, and swollen. When the valves in your veins become weak, blood can pool in your legs, causing pressure and red, blue, or purple lines throughout your legs.
What causes varicose veins?
They are often caused by:
- Being overweight
- Standing throughout much of the day
- Getting older
- Genetics and family history
What do varicose veins look like?
- Varicose veins are very common—in fact, as many as 60 percent of people have them once they reach a certain age. Spider veins, usually a precursor to varicose veins, are thin red and blue lines that can show up anywhere. Varicose veins are usually darker, purple-blue lines found on the legs.