Even Athletes Can Get Varicose Veins

This is the calf of the great American cyclist George Hincapie,. It’s an unsightly case of varicose veins, which are very common not just with cyclists, but other athletes too, including ordinary, everyday people. Although common, they are definitely not normal, and there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of developing varicose veins, and perhaps dampen your problem if you’re already dealing with a road map on your legs.

Varicose veins are sometimes viewed as merely a byproduct of aging, or as a symptom of being out-of-shape or in poor health. Well, they can be developed as a result of obesity, or other underlying health conditions, but they can also be developed in fit and healthy people. In fact, even athletes can develop them. Whether you’re an athlete or you just like to stay physically active, read on to learn more about how even athletes can develop varicose veins, and what you need to know about this sometimes uncomfortable and painful condition.

Why Athletes Develop Varicose Veins

While health conditions, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to the development of varicose veins, there are other contributing factors you might not think of – and might not have much control over. For example, heredity plays a large role in how likely you are to develop varicose veins. In fact, if one of your parents has varicose veins, you have a 33 percent chance of developing them. This likelihood jumps to a 90 percent likelihood if both of your parents have varicose veins.

Plus, some sports and other physical activities can actually increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins, because they place stress on the veins in the leg. Some of these sports include: tennis, weightlifting, cycling, and running. That doesn’t mean you can’t exercise of play sports if you have varicose veins, or that you must discontinue these activities. In fact, many athletes continue to play sports even with varicose veins, and may report no pain or discomfort or very little associated with them. However, you may feel some discomfort shortly after you engage in physical activity – perhaps 30 to 45 minutes.

Treatment Options for Athletes With Varicose Veins

Varicose veins pose a special problem for athletes, who might not want to sit out the requires period for recovery time following surgery or other treatment for varicose veins. This could require skipping a few days and disrupting their exercise or training routine, but many of today’s preferred varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive and require just a few days rest. This allows athletes to return to their normal exercise routine or performance schedule without taking too much time off.

At Alpha Vein Clinic, we’re experienced in diagnosing and treating varicose veins, and can create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and eliminate your varicose veins. Make an appointment today so our skilled and caring staff can help relieve your symptoms so you feel and look better.

Alpha Vein Clinic


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Las Vegas, NV, 89128

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