Vein problems are common in the U.S. and Europe. By age 50, nearly 40% of ladies and 20% of men have significant varicose veins or other vein disorders. Leg pain, swelling, and ulcers caused by vein insufficiency are common reasons for time loss from work and other productive activities.
Vein disorders are manifest in a variety of ways:
- Varicose veins are large, ropy, unsightly and uncomfortable veins visible in the skin.
- Spider veins are small, skin blemishes blue to red in color, often branching.
- Dermatitis is the brown or red skin color change usually near the ankle.
- Ulceration from vein insufficiency develops near the ankle, most often on the inside of the ankle, but sometimes on the outside area.