Varicose & Spider Veins Specialist


Vein & Vascular Specialists Located in Granite Falls, NC and Seeing Patients from Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir

Over 40 Million people have varicose veins in the United States. While you might consider varicose or spider veins a cosmetic problem, they’re a sign of venous disease. At Venaflux in Granite Falls, North Carolina, board-certified nurse practitioner Lindsey Castagna, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, and her team offer various state-of-the-art treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. The team provides an explanation of what is causing your vein problem and gives you treatment options personalized to you. Call the practice today or make an appointment online to learn about your treatment options.

Varicose & Spider Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the blue or purple swollen veins that bulge against your skin. They can develop anywhere on your body, but you’re most likely to find them on your legs. 

Varicose veins form when weak valves in your veins allow blood to flow backward and pool. The pooling blood causes your vein to swell and become visible on the surface of your skin. 

In addition to looking unattractive, varicose veins can also cause skin discoloration, itchiness, aches, and leg fatigue.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are another sign of vascular weakness. Instead of looking like swollen ropes of vein on your skin, spider veins are reddish and flat. Their thin, spindly appearance resembles a spider’s web, which is how they get their name. Although spider veins may look unattractive, they may be a result of a medical vein problem called chronic venous insufficiency.

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

There are plenty of old wives’ tales about how crossing your legs causes varicose veins. In reality, your varicose veins form when the valves in your veins that help push blood back up to your heart become weak or damaged. 

You’re more likely to develop varicose or spider veins if you have a family history of the condition. Other risk factors include obesity, history of a blood clot, pregnancy, or spending too many hours sitting or standing in the same position.

When should I talk to a specialist about varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a sign of vascular weakness, and you shouldn’t ignore them, especially if you have other symptoms of vascular health problems such as leg swelling, skin discoloration, or venous ulcers. 

How are varicose veins and spider veins treated?

The team at Venaflux provides several treatment options for varicose and spider veins, including compression stockings, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous ablation.

Sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation close and seal weakened sections of a vein, while phlebectomy is a surgical procedure to remove varicose veins. Your provider can answer questions about your treatment options during your consultation.

The team provides thorough exams to identify the best treatment to eliminate your varicose veins and restore your vascular health. They might also recommend wearing compression stockings, venoactive medications, weight loss, and adding physical activity to your daily routine. 


If you’re concerned about varicose veins or spider veins, call Venaflux or schedule a consultation online today.