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Common Summer Activities Affected by Varicose Veins

Common Summer Activities Affected by Varicose Veins

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


Varicose veins and spider veins are frequently known to cause various symptoms, like leg pain, swelling, heaviness, fatigue, etc. These symptoms not only can affect your work schedule, but they also can significantly affect your ability to participate in social activities and even normal daily activities at home. Here is a look at some of the most common summer activities that people often miss out on as a result of their varicose and spider veins.

Sports. One of the most common symptoms associated with vein disease is heavy swollen legs resulting from the increased pressure that build in your veins and remains in your legs and ankles.  These common symptoms of varicose veins are often exaggerated during the summer months as heat tends to increase swelling. As a result the body must work overtime to try to pump the blood back to the heart often causing fatigue. These symptoms of swelling and fatigue frequently inhibit both men and women alike from being able to participate in some of their favorite activities like, golf or tennis. 

Sleep. That’s right, varicose veins often cause what is known as Restless Leg Syndrome due to the poor circulation or blood flow in the damaged veins.  So, during the night you may find yourself tossing and turning, or worse getting out of bed to stretch or move about, just to find some relief. Although restless legs can occur all year round, we tend to be more active during the summer months day and night, which often means less sleep in general.

Swimming.  Here is a neat fact! The increased pressure when standing in water was the inspiration in designing compression stockings used to alleviate the symptoms of venous disease (i.e. the lower you go the more pressure). However, while swimming can actually alleviate some symptoms of venous hypertension, many people often avoid even going to the pool, due to the unsightly nature of large bulging veins or blue/red spider veins. 

Social.  Here is another fact (or two), maybe not so neat.  Summer usually brings social events and activites like weddings, BBQs, going to the beach, or out dancing. Plus, it’s generally hot in the summer, which means your usual tactics of hiding your legs with jeans, leggings, and suit pants often become almost as much of a burden as your varicose veins. But the great news is that they do not have to be!  

Newer vein treatments allow vein specialists to not only treat your medical condition at its source, which means no more leg swelling, restless nights, pain or fatigue, but as an added bonus your large bulging discolored veins will go away for good, so you can go back to doing the things you love with the people you love do them with.   

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease, and requires treatment regardless if you have pain.  Additionally, it is always better to be proactive in preventing varicose veins, rather than trying to manage them afterwords.


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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and 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 even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.

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 physician.



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