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Varicose Veins and Running

If you have varicose veins and enjoy running, you may be concerned that your favorite pastime might be worsening your varicose veins.

While running and other vigorous physical exercise do not cause varicose veins, they can certainly aggravate varicose vein symptoms, such as swelling and fatigue. At the same time, running can often be beneficial to your vascular health by boosting your circulation and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

If you are concerned about how running might impact your varicose veins, you should consult a physician who specializes in the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins and ask if running is a good exercise option given the state of your vascular health.

High-Impact Vs. Low-Impact Exercise

In general, people whose varicose veins already cause them significant pain and discomfort should avoid high-impact activities such as running. Low-impact activities such as walking and swimming can help you stay fit without aggravating varicose veins. However, those with varicose veins whose symptoms are minimal may be able to enjoy some running.

Tips for Running with Varicose Veins

If you experience swelling or throbbing in your veins while running, you can take certain steps to alleviate these symptoms. Consider softening the jarring impact of your runs by running on soft surfaces. For example, running on dirt, grass, or even a high school track is much more forgiving on your legs than paved streets or sidewalks.

Wearing compression stockings while running may also help alleviate throbbing or a tired, heavy feeling in your legs. After your run, you can elevate your legs to reduce feelings of fatigue. Finally, be careful not to overdo it on your runs. It’s never a good idea to push yourself through pain.

Consider Varicose Vein Treatment

The best step you can take to truly enjoy running and other activities is get treatment for your varicose veins and take care of the problem for good. Minimally invasive procedures such as endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy are effective varicose vein treatments that do not require a hospital stay and provide almost immediate relief from varicose vein symptoms.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346.

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