Vein Disorders in Chicago

More than 80 million people in the United States suffer from venous disorders – 40 million suffer from varicose veins.

Veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction, from the lower extremities back to the heart. If these valves malfunction, blood can flow backwards and pool in the vein, causing it to stretch and damage other healthy valves.

These enlarged blood vessels fall into three groups: varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins (telangiectasias). Spider veins are visible on the surface of the skin as red, blue or purple lines. Varicose veins are larger and deeper and often look like bluish bumps under the skin.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, inside of the legs, and ankles. Symptoms associated with varicose veins include pain, heaviness, fatigue, burning, swelling, cramping, throbbing and restlessness. See Our Services page for information regarding the treatment of varicose veins.

Reticular Veins

Reticular veins are dilated, dark blue or purple blood vessels, smaller in diameter than varicose veins. Symptoms often associated with reticular veins are burning, aching and itching.

Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)

Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face, thighs, and feet, and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. Although spider veins are usually considered only a cosmetic problem, spider veins can show symptoms of a burning sensation or a dull, throbbing pain, and can lead to varicose veins and other serious complications. See Our Services page for information regarding the treatment of spider veins.

If Left Untreated…

Varicose veins are a progressive disease. Spider veins very often occur in conjunction with varicose veins. You can experience pain when standing or walking, develop sores on or near a varicose vein, and your feet and ankles may swell.

If left untreated, spider and varicose veins can cause, blood clots, phlebitis, venous statis ulcers, skin discoloration, lipodermatosclerosis, and atrophie blanche.

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