Varicose veins are a common condition, often affecting the legs and the feet. Although they are usually harmless, varicose veins can be painful and disfiguring.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins are often a result of weak/damaged valves. The tiny valves in the veins help in returning blood to the heart. They open as blood flows towards the heart and then closes to keep blood from flowing backward. If these valves are damaged or weakened, the blood can flow backward, pool in the vein, and cause the vein to stretch or bulge.
There are several factors that can increase your risk of varicose veins. These include a family history, age (the risk increases with age), pregnancy, obesity, and having a sedentary lifestyle.
Do you suspect you have varicose veins?
If you think that your achy, swollen legs are due to varicose veins, Premier Vein Clinic, a division of Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, offers FREE vein screenings. These screenings are scheduled at the Premier Vein Clinic located at 6408 Papermill Road, Knoxville.
The free vein screening appointment includes a visual assessment from one of our vein specialists. If a diagnostic ultrasound is recommended, we will schedule a separate appointment for the ultrasound exam.
Premier Vein Clinic is the only vein treatment center in the Knoxville region staffed by a team of board certified vascular surgeons.
Are you ready to find out if the leg and feet symptoms you have are caused by varicose veins? Request for free vein screening today. To do so, please complete the form here.