Venous Disorders: Ankle Spider Veins

Ankle spider veins1Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are spider web looking veins which typically affect the face and legs, but theoretically can develop anywhere on the body. These groups of small blood vessels can be seen very close to the surface of the skin and the cause behind their formation is not perfectly clear. In most cases, they are related to poorly functioning vein valves – a condition called chronic venous insufficiency. Other factors contributing to the development of spider veins include:

  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pill
  • Prolonged standing
  • Trauma or injury to the skin
  • Prolonged sun exposure

Ankle spider veinsIn some cases, spider veins can be related to systemic conditions such as rosacea or scleroderma. One of the more serious conditions also include Corona Phlebectatica – ankle spider veins. Corona phlebectatica is characterized by red or pink discoloration around the ankle, where tiny branches of veins are so interwoven it is hard to identify a single vein.

These abnormally dilated veins are a clear sign of serious chronic venous insufficiency that requires the attention of a medical professional and should be treated, mainly because it can result in more serious conditions such as blood clots and leg ulcers.

Spider veins now bother millions of people around the globe despite the fact that the treatment has never been easier. New, advanced procedures such as sclerotherapy or laser therapy don’t require any surgery and have zero downtime. You’ll be up and running in no time at all, with relatively little pain or discomfort!