Could Your Current Exercise Routine be Causing Varicose Veins?

December 12, 2017 • • Varicose Veins

Exercising on a daily basis has numerous health benefits that range from preventing bone loss and improving heart health to reducing stress and building muscles. However, despite all these health benefits associated with daily exercise, you could be putting yourself at risk for developing varicose veins if your daily workout routine includes specific types of exercise.

Learning more about the connection between exercise and varicose veins will help you determine if your current daily workout routine may need to be modified.

Debunking the Myth that Exercise Caused Varicose Veins

Many people commonly assume that exercise, especially extremely strenuous types of exercises, cause varicose veins. At first glance, this assumption appears to be true because people often experience the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins shortly after completing a strenuous workout, but it isn’t true.

Exercise does not cause varicose veins. It can, however, cause existing varicose veins to become irritated which leads to intense throbbing, painful aches and pains, and other uncomfortable symptoms. This gives the appearance that the exercise caused varicose veins, but in reality, they were there before exercising.

What Exercises Irritate or Aggravate Varicose Veins?

Not all exercise will irritate or aggravate varicose veins and cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms. In fact, some types of exercise can actually help relieve symptoms associated with this painful vein disease. Understanding which types of exercises irritate varicose veins and which exercises relieve symptoms can help you create an exercise routine that will help you stay fit without experience pain or discomfort.

Examples of exercises that can aggravate or irritate varicose veins:

  • Heavy weight lifting or any exercise that involves heavy weights
  • Sit-ups
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Running or jogging on hard surfaces
  • Yoga

Examples of exercises that can help relieve symptoms associated with varicose veins:

  • Walking
  • Light jogging especially on softer surfaces
  • Stationary bike
  • Elliptical
  • Swimming

Schedule an Appointment with an Experienced Vein Doctor to View Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

You don’t have to live with painful, irritating varicose veins. There are a number of treatment options, such as radiofrequency ablation, compression stockings, and sclerotherapy, available that will help you find relief. The experienced vein doctors at Tri-City Vein Center, located in Mesa, Arizona, can help you explore treatment options that will help relieve your painful, uncomfortable varicose veins. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced vein doctors.


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