Hand Veins and Foot Veins


Problems with hand veins and foot veins are usually just cosmetic.

That is, they aren’t dangerous. Most people develop bulging or swollen veins as they age, but several factors exacerbate the condition, such as genetics, gender and lifestyle choices. The best vein treatment practices — like the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey — have the most modern medical equipment and non-invasive techniques available. Their highly-trained specialists use laser and radiofrequency technologies to return your hands and feet to their youthful look. Call today to make an appointment for a consultation.

Unsightly hand and foot veins can make you look much older than you are.

They appear worse when you’re overweight. Swollen veins on top of the foot are especially large during pregnancy. These sudden bulging veins in the hands and feet often make women feel self-conscious. Various factors lead to a swollen, painful vein on your hand or foot, including:

 Family history. Genetics can play a large part in whether you suffer from bulging hand or foot veins. If a close family member has had this ailment, you’re more likely to develop it.

 Age. As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity and gets thinner, making your veins more visible.

 Gender. Women tend to develop bulging hand and foot veins more frequently than men, especially during times of hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy or menopause.

 Lack of movement. Long periods of sitting or standing can hinder proper circulation. Gravity makes your heart work harder to return blood from your lower extremities. A lack of blood flow increases the strain on your legs, and swollen veins may appear in your feet.


Causes for the Swollen Veins

Prominent foot and hand veins develop from a malfunction of the valves inside your veins. Within your veins and arteries are a series of valves that act as one-way flaps. Once the blood passes through them, it can’t go back. A malfunctioning valve, however, doesn’t completely close, so blood can leak backward or pool up in one area. Over time, the excess blood builds up and creates pressure. This pressure weakens the vein walls and causes swelling.

This swelling can eventually lead to sharp pain in a foot vein.

If a vein in your foot hurts, you’re probably suffering from a damaged valve. You should seek professional medical attention with specialist. The most frequent types of hand and foot vein problems include:

 Varicose veins

 Spider veins

 Venous insufficiency

 A venous stasis ulcer

Hand Veins and Foot Veins Symptoms

If the valves in your veins are functioning correctly, the veins in your hands and feet don’t exhibit abnormalities. But if the valves are damaged or malfunction for another reason, your hands and feet may change to a greenish-blue or reddish tinge due to visibly swollen veins. Besides discoloration, a bulging vein in your hand or a swollen vein in your foot can cause sharp pain. Such pain may be the result of a blood clot, as in the case of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or skin ulcer.

Dr. Dmitry Gorelik, your vein specialist at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey, accurately diagnoses what’s causing your bulging veins, based on your symptoms. Common symptoms caused by vein conditions include:

 Twisted or bulging veins in your hands or feet

 Large, swollen visible veins

 Mild swelling in your ankles and feet

 Itchiness, bruising or a burning sensation

 Discoloration of the skin around your hand and foot veins

 A swollen vein in your foot that’s painful and feels warm

Getting Your Veins Treated

Diagnosis by a trained specialist the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey is your first step toward effective treatment. During your examination and consultation, your vein doctor may ask you to stand or sit while he examines your foot or hand veins. Tell him about any sharp pain you’re experiencing and when it’s most acute.

To rule out the possibility of blood clots and gather more information about the condition of your veins, Dr. Gorelik may order additional tests. An ultrasound or venogram determines the quality of your blood circulation. Depending on what he finds, your vein specialist has a litany of treatments for your vein problem, including:

 Endovenous laser ablation. This minimally invasive treatment uses the heat from a laser to cauterize and close bulging varicose veins. The blood then flows through nearby veins instead, and the collapsed vein is absorbed by your body.

 Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Another minimally invasive technique, RFA uses a catheter electrode to deliver high-frequency radio waves to the walls of your vein. The treatment causes the vein to spasm and seal. It eventually disappears from sight.

 Sclerotherapy for spider veins. This process involves injecting a chemical solution into the veins to close them. The treated vein eventually disappears, but multiple treatments may be necessary.

 Sclerotherapy for varicose veins. The treatment for this procedure is the same as for spider veins. The only difference is that varicose veins are larger than spider veins.

 Laser therapy for spider veins. Focusing laser light on a problem vein destroys it from the outside without harming your skin. This technique is ideal for smaller veins.

 Ulcer treatment. This procedure is a surgical removal of the debris and dead tissue surrounding a damaged vein.

 Ambulatory phlebotomy. Dr. Gorelik may recommend this treatment when the problem vein is just beneath the skin surface. The easy access means surgically removing the vein with special tools in a quick outpatient procedure.

Bulging veins in your hands or feet usually respond well to modern treatments. Vein specialists like Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey use the latest techniques to eliminate your pain and make your hand and foot veins nearly invisible again. Turn back the clock and enjoy younger-looking hands and feet. Contact the vein experts today!

Heart and Vein Center
2500 Morris Avenue , Suite 220
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 201-205-2969
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