Call 512-832-7575 Tuesday to ask questions about exercise and varicose veins. Experts from the Bunker Vein and Imaging Center are here between 5-5:30 p.m. to answer your questions.
- Running does not cause Varicose Veins, this is a common myth.
- Genetics, gender, age, family history, and weight are some of the risks factors associated with Varicose Veins.
- Regular exercise can work to help prevent Varicose Veins by improving blood circulation.
- Individuals may become more aware of their veins during activities such as running, because high-impact exercises can intensify the symptoms of Varicose Veins.
- Different exercises affect Varicose Veins in different ways. When a person has Varicose Veins they need to be careful and avoid high-impact strenuous exercises. This excess strain on the legs can aggravate veins, causing swelling and discomfort.
- There are several low-impact or non-impact activities, such as walking or swimming, that will increase blood circulation, ease Varicose Vein symptoms, and prevent veins from getting worse.
- If someone wants to continue an activity, such as running, then they will need to look for ways to reduce the impact or strain on their legs. For example instead of running on hard payment, people can chose to run on a softer surface such as grass or dirt.
- Individuals can also wear compression stockings during their more strenuous activities, this will aide in blood circulation and reduce fatigue.