Varicose veins are very common. In fact, about 3 in every 10 adults have them. Despite this, there are still a lot of misconceptions about them, which keep some people from seeking treatment.

The team at Premier Vein Clinic in Knoxville wants you to be aware of the most common myths about varicose veins:

Myth #1: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins.

The Truth:

Crossing your legs does not cause your varicose veins. However, this may exacerbate your condition if you already have the swollen veins.

Varicose veins are caused by increased blood pressure in the veins. This may happen as a result of damaged or weakened valves in the veins. 

There are certain factors that could contribute to it. These include obesity, leg injury, pregnancy, smoking, heredity, and lack of physical activity. 

Myth #2: Varicose veins only affect women.

The Truth:

Varicose veins are more common in women because of the elevated levels of progesterone but men can have them too

This misconception about varicose veins keeps some men from seeking treatment.

Myth #3: Varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue.

The Truth:

In many cases, varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. They can cause itchiness, cramping, swelling, achiness, and sensation of heaviness that can greatly affect your quality of life.

Myth #4: Running causes varicose veins 

The Truth:

Physical activities like running can actually be a good thing for your veins. They lead to more calf muscle pumping, which is always good for circulation and blood flow.

Myth #5: Surgery is the only option to remove the varicose veins.

The Truth:

Surgery is not the only option. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, there are many minimally-invasive procedures that can get rid of them in less than an hour!

Premier Vein Clinic is the only East Tennessee vein center that has a team of actual board-certified Vascular Surgeons who perform these minimally-invasive procedures. 

These treatments don’t require anesthesia and downtime!

If your varicose veins are bothering you, then see us. As Vascular Surgeons, our Premier Vein Clinic physicians are well-experienced in diagnosing and treating diseases of the veins and arteries. 

To request an appointment, call us at (865) 588-8229 or click here