Similar to spider veins, varicose veins appear in the larger veins, deeper in the legs. Varicose veins appear larger than spider veins, and are generally colorless.
Symptoms might include all or some of the following symptoms: pain(aching, cramping or burning), legs feel heavy or tired as the day progresses, tingling or burning sensation in leg, swelling or throbbing, restless legs, night cramps or tenderness in areas around the vein.
Varicose veins occur when the valves in these superficial veins malfunction. The vein walls can loss elasticity (due to age or hormones) causing them to stretch. When this occurs, the valves may be unable to close, allowing blood that should be moving towards the heart to flow backward (called venous reflux). Blood collects in your lower veins, causing them to enlarge and become varicose. In this manner, faulty valves high may cause varicose veins lower down.
Fortunately, new minimally invasive techniques like endovenous laser treatment now allows effective treatment of varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring, minimal postoperative pain, and nearly immediate relief of symptoms.