Spring is almost here! Like many people, you’re probably looking forward to bringing out your dresses, shorts and sandals, and putting away your long pants and jackets! But maybe, although you are ready to explore the outdoors again, you feel held back by one thing – the bluish-purplish swollen veins visible on your legs.

Could it be Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that commonly affect the legs and the feet. They’re common in those who spend a lot of time standing or sitting. These activities, when done for long periods of time with no or few breaks in between, can increase the pressure on the veins in the lower part of the body.

While these enlarged veins start as a cosmetic problem, they can lead to something more. They can cause an achy or heavy sensation, cramping, throbbing, or burning sensation in the legs, and itching around the affected site.

Why You May Have Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can develop as a result of aging (our veins lose their elasticity as we age), pregnancy (pregnancy causes circulatory changes in the body), a family history (you’re more likely to develop varicose veins if you have a family history of it), obesity, and standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time (these activities cause circulatory problems).

Diagnosing Varicose Veins

Varicose veins, in general, can be diagnosed easily. At Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville, our dedicated Sclerotherapy Nurse performs complimentary vein screenings. She will examine the affected site and ask you questions about your symptoms.

In some cases, additional tests such as an ultrasound may be recommended to determine if the valves of the veins are functioning normally or if there are indications of blood clot.

Premier Surgical Can Help!

Don’t let pesky veins ruin the things you want to do this spring. Premier Vein Clinics can help! If you’re not sure what treatment is right for you, contact us today at (865) 588-8229 or schedule your free vein screening online. Our team will assess your condition to recommend the best treatment method for you.