At some point, you may have hesitated purchasing a pair of high heels for fear of developing varicose veins. Although wearing high heels can cause a change in your natural walking motion and may affect the efficiency of blood flow in your legs, wearing them occasionally does not lead to varicose veins. Actually, shoes aren’t a cause of varicose veins at all!

What causes varicose veins?

Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville wants you to know that there are different things that can predispose or increase your risk of developing varicose veins.  These include:

  • Aging
    Your risk of developing varicose veins increases as you age. This has to do with the wear and tear of the valves that help in regulating blood flow.
  • Pregnancy
    Hormonal changes that come with pregnancy plus the pressure exerted by the growing uterus on your body and especially your legs can make a pregnant woman more susceptible to having varicose veins.
  • Family history
    Being a female with a family history of varicose veins increase your chance of having them.
  • Lifestyle
    Physical activity can actually help in blood circulation. Because of this, a lack of physical activity can make you more prone to developing varicose veins.


Do you have varicose veins?

The most obvious sign of varicose veins is the bulging and discoloration of the veins. They may appear purple or bluish. At times, they may be as accompanied by some discomfort (aching or feeling of heaviness on the affected legs). Pain associated with varicose veins may also worsen after sitting or standing for long periods of time.


Vein Treatment at Premier

Varicose veins are often considered a cosmetic problem, but at their worst, they can lead to serious complications like pain, swelling, and blood clots. Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville offers minimally invasive treatments options that require little to no downtime.

For a limited time, we are offering free vein screenings to new patients! If you’re unsure if vein treatment is right for you, request your free screening online or give us a call (865) 588-8229.