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When fluid has escaped the veins and settles in the tissues around the ankles, some pigment called heamosiderin from the red blood cells may deposit in the skin causing darkening of the skin at the ankles.


Spider Veins

“Spider veins” are a general term used for the thin hair-like veins that appear on the legs. The development of these veins is also genetic, hormonal and related to standing for long periods. 


When venous hypertension develops, the superficial venous system becomes dilated and filled with extra fluid (blood) which the body tries to get back to the heart.

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