Varicose veins can be a nuisance. Not only do they look unattractive, but they can also cause pain and itchiness.

These swollen, twisted veins are often a result of weak or damaged vein walls and valves. You can develop them as a result of heredity, pregnancy, obesity, or of your lifestyle (prolonged sitting or standing).

Diagnosing Varicose Veins
Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center in Knoxville, TN, offers a FREE vein screening.

During the test, our vein specialist will do a physical examination of your leg while you’re standing. You may also be asked to describe your symptoms, such as pain and itchiness.

There are cases in which we request more tests such as a vascular ultrasound to check for the presence of blood clots and/or to identify any issues with the valves of your veins.

Our FREE winter vein screening is the perfect opportunity to have those swollen veins checked and learn the best treatment for them.

Treating Varicose Veins in Winter
Winter is the best time to get those varicose veins treated for various reasons:

• You can better tolerate the use of compression stockings.
After your varicose vein treatment, you will be recommended to wear compression stockings for a period of time. These stockings help in preventing bruising and for reducing pain.

Wearing compression stockings is more tolerated during cooler seasons as they can provide an extra layer of warmth.

• Your varicose veins are more visible during winter.
There are generally fewer activities during winter. With inactivity, the circulation in the lower extremities may be affected, causing varicose veins to stand out more.

• You have time to show your legs again.
Some vein treatments such as sclerotherapy can cause temporary bruising and discoloration. Winter provides a good excuse to wear long pants to cover the discoloration. It also provides you enough time to recover and be shorts and skirt-ready by summer.

If your enlarged veins are changing how you live your life, our vascular and vein experts can help you love your legs again!

To request a free winter vein screening appointment, you call Premier Vascular and Vein Center at (865) 588-8229 or ask for an online screening at