If you have bulging veins on your lower extremities and if you feel an aching sensation and/or itchiness in that area, then you may have varicose veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are swollen twisted veins. Since they are just under the skin, these swollen veins are very much visible. 

Varicose veins are usually a result of weak or damaged vein walls and valves. They can develop as a result of heredity, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged sitting or standing.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

To diagnose varicose veins, a doctor or vein specialist will do a physical exam, which usually involves looking at your legs while you’re standing. During the test, you may also be asked to describe your symptoms, such as an aching sensation or pain

In some cases, you may be recommended for more tests, such as an ultrasound, to check if the valves in your veins are functioning well or if there’s any evidence for blood clots.

Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville offers free winter vein screenings. It’s the perfect time to have those swollen veins checked and treated and learn what treatment may be best for you.

Treating Varicose Veins in Winter

If you have varicose veins, winter is a great time to have them treated because of the following reasons:


  • You can better tolerate compression stockings.
    Compression stockings are usually recommended to be worn for a period of time after vein treatment. These stockings help reduce pain and bruising.

    Compression stockings can be hot, making them more difficult to tolerate in warmer months. However, during the winter, these stockings can be more comfortable as they can provide you with an extra layer of warmth.

  • You will have ample time to show your legs again.
    There are some vein treatments, such as sclerotherapy, which may cause temporary discoloration and bruising. So, if you’ll have your varicose veins treated in winter, your legs have enough time to recover and be shorts and skirt-ready for the summer.

  • Your varicose veins are more visible during the winter season.
    There are usually fewer physical activities during the winter season. When you move less, the circulation in your lower extremities is affected, making your problematic veins stand out more. 


If your enlarged veins are making you uncomfortable and affecting your quality of life, the Vascular Surgeons at Premier Vein Clinic in Knoxville can help you love your legs again! The sooner you’ll find out if they’re varicose veins or not, the sooner we can provide appropriate treatment options for you.


To request a free winter vein screening appointment, you may call us at (865) 588-8229 or ask for a screening online at https://www.premierveinclinics.com/vein-screening/