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Can Walking help Varicose Veins?

Can Walking help Varicose Veins?

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Can Walking help Varicose Veins?  Does it prevent them? Things you should know.


Whether you are taking your dog for its daily walk or out for a stroll with your friends, walking can provide a number of health benefits.  For instance, walking can help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins, aid in your recover after varicose vein treatment, and may even reduce the likelihood of their formation*.  


Varicose veins are the result of what is known as chronic venous insufficiency - when the veins become weakened and can no longer perform their proper function of pumping blood back to the heart.  When veins become damaged in this manner, pressure builds inside the veins, causing them to expand eventually creating the bulging veins that commonly form on the legs and ankles.  Chronic venous insufficiency often causing symptoms of pain and swelling and only gets worse over time if left untreated.

When we walk, the muscles in our legs expand and contract. This movement helps squeeze or pump the blood in the veins allowing them to function more efficiently.  Moreover, if you suffer from varicose vein disease walking may help to alleviate symptoms of swelling by reducing the pressure build up in the veins.  Walking is also encouraged after vein treatment to reduce recover time, and, as with other forms of exercise, is a great way to stay healthy and may reduce your chances of developing them down the road*.  

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease and requires immediate medical attention regardless if you have pain. *Important note: while walking and other forms of physical activity are recommended, it is important to be aware of the fact that chronic venous hypertension, which causes the visible varicose veins, is hereditary and cannot be treated without proper medical attention. Therefore, if you have parents of other family members with varicose vein disease, and suspect that you may have the disease as well, you should seek medical advice regarding proper varicose vein treatment.

The Importance of finding a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).

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