There does not seem to be a direct link between diabetes and varicose veins, but because the two diseases share risk factors, it is not uncommon for a patient with one of these diseases to experience the other later down the line.
Varicose veins can be visible on the surface of the skin as large, ropey or bulging veins and are present anywhere from the groin down to the ankle. However, varicose veins can exist even if no visible signs are present. Spider veins are small red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn and are easily visible on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are usually present near the ankles and knees.
Varicose veins are a sign of an important vascular insufficiency and compromise. Like arterial hypertension and dental cavities, the insidious nature of chronic venous hypertension is progressively destructive and should be treated before pain and other more serious symptoms occur.