Will Exercise Make Varicose Veins Disappear?
Since varicose veins can be caused by so many different factors, varicose veins can affect anyone from seasoned athlete to couch potato. Often, genetics play a large role in the development of varicose veins, and they can develop at any age.
The signs of varicose veins are:
- Swelling in the legs and/or ankles (often the first sign)
- Heavy, tight, tired, achy or restless legs
- Varicose veins
- Skin that becomes discolored, feels leathery, flaky and/or itchy
- Ulcers and/or sores that won’t heal
Varicose Veins Are not Always Visible:
While the varicose veins you notice are right at the surface of the skin, they occur deeper in the body, too, where you can’t see them. “It really depends on the makeup of the leg, If you’ve got a lot of fatty tissue between the muscle and the skin, you may not see them. Sometimes surface veins are the tip of the iceberg and there’s a lot going on underneath.”
Can exercise cure varicose veins?
Unfortunately, exercise alone will not reverse the symptoms of varicose veins. However, adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes a regular exercise routine has many benefits and may prevent and/or slow the progression of the development of additional varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency.
Exercise: Exercise helps pump blood through the legs and builds muscle that can promote better circulation.
Does the type of exercise matter?
If your ultimate goal is to prevent more varicose veins from developing, it might be smart to limit extremely strenuous exercises, as these can actually worsen venous circulation. Weightlifting, sit-ups, crunches, and any other strenuous activity with limited cardio, while great for overall health, can cause or contribute to venous reflux in leaky valves. If you decide that strenuous weight lifting exercises are still right for you, it’s helpful to include a cardio routine to complement your weight lifting, as cardio improves circulation.
Which type of exercise is best?
Since excessive heavy lifting can contribute to varicose veins, it’s smart to choose exercises that involve walking, jogging, elliptical machines, or exercise bikes. Cardio exercises like these are great choices if you’re looking to improve circulation, leg strength, and overall vein strength. An added benefit of incorporating a cardio routine to your daily activities is potential weight loss, which may also prevent more varicose veins from developing.
What if exercise isn’t an option for me?
If you’re unable to fit an exercise routine into your schedule, there are a few things that you can do to increase circulation. When sitting, practice leg exercises like calf raises and ankle rotations to keep blood circulating. If you can, get up every 20-30 minutes and take a walk around the room. These measures, while they won’t cure varicose veins, may help in preventing the disease from worsening.
How do I get rid of varicose veins for good?
Varicose veins aren’t simply a cosmetic issue, and unfortunately, they won’t just go away on their own, even with exercise. Seeking professional treatment is the only way to get rid of varicose veins for good. Each case is different, and if you’re wondering about the best way to go about varicose vein treatment, it’s a great idea to talk to a vein expert. In the past, the only way to get rid of varicose veins was through surgery. Today, minimally-invasive procedures like Venaseal and Clarivein Ablation allow for accurate treatment with less risk of damage to surrounding tissues, and faster recovery time.
Dr. Sassan Kaveh is an expert in treating venous insufficiency related symptoms. Call (702) 430-7661 to learn more about treatment options to get rid of varicose veins. We would love to get you and your legs on the road to vein health!
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