Why is the right kind of exercise for varicose veins important? | A Vein Doctors Guide

May 25, 2019

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Why is the right kind of exercise for varicose veins important?

Whether or not most of us love to exercise, we continue because of the benefits it gives us – better heart health, happiness hormones and so on. Honestly, though, exercise can lose its appeal when you have to deal with tired limbs and throbbing, achy leg veins at the end of the day. You’ve probably heard people say “Oh, you’re suffering from varicose veins? You shouldn’t be exercising, that can make it worse!” Well, that’s not necessarily true. The right kinds of exercise can actually promote blood circulation in your limbs, and reduce your varicose vein symptoms. In this article, we’ll help you distinguish between the right and wrong kinds of exercise for varicose veins.

Varicose veins are caused when blood flow in your leg veins stagnates, putting pressure on the vessel walls. Exercise and varicose veins have a love-hate relationship going – each can influence the other for better or worse! Ideally, the right kind of exercise will activate the muscles in your legs and get the blood moving, but won’t put too much pressure on the veins. Read on to find out about the best exercises for varicose veins.

Walking

If you are used to a sedentary lifestyle, walking is the best way to get moving! Walking is heart friendly, and can be done anywhere, at any time. Try to walk for at least half an hour, five days a week to achieve good results.

Using a stationary bike or elliptical trainer

If walking isn’t your thing, using an exercise bike or an elliptical trainer is another great alternative. It comes with the added benefit of strengthening your calf muscles.

Targeted leg exercises

Mat exercises that focus on the legs can go a long way towards improving varicose vein symptoms. Try doing two sets of ten reps each in the beginning; As you get better, you can increase both the sets and the number of reps in each set.

Bicycle legs

Lie down on a floor mat, and tick your legs into the air, with knees bent at 90°. Swivel your legs as though you are riding an imaginary bicycle.

Calf raises and rocking

To perform calf raises, stand with your legs apart. Rise up onto your toes, until you feel a stretch in your calf. Lower your heels onto the floor. To take this one step further, rock backwards on your heels while lifting your toes off the floor. Repeat, alternating between toes and heels.

Side leg lifts

Lie on your side, with one leg stacked on the other. Slowly lift the upper leg, keeping it straight. Pause and lower it. Switch sides after a set and repeat.

Of course, before you get into any form of exercise at all, you should clear it with your vein doctor, who will tell you the exact kinds of exercises that you can do based on the extent of your condition. Your doctor will also tell you if you need to use compression stockings during your workout.

Exercises you should avoid

High impact exercises can raise blood pressure and cause your leg veins to expand. This can also happen with exercises that tend to put pressure on the abdomen, because high abdominal pressure prevents blood from flowing back to your heart, and causes blood pooling and stagnation in the leg veins. Here’s a list of exercises that you should avoid if you have varicose veins.

Running

The intense, pounding movement associated with running can not only increase the blood pressure in your leg veins, it can also contribute to early wear and tear of your joints. If you must run, try doing a slow jog on soft ground, such as grass. Never use a treadmill to run.

Weightlifting

This can again increase the pressure in the abdominal area, leading to blood pooling in the lower limbs. Use the lightest weights available, and try to exhale while lifting them. Be sure to use the correct technique to ensure that you exert as little abdominal pressure as possible.

Other high intensity exercises

Squats, lunges, abdominal crunches, sit-ups, and push ups all need to be avoided as they put great pressure on the abdomen and leg veins.

But… is exercise enough? How to Treat Varicose Veins

Be aware that although exercises can help with symptoms, they aren’t going to get rid of varicose veins altogether. Varicose veins are a serious health problem, and can potentially lead to blood clots, ulcers and severe bleeding. If you have them, you need to see a vein specialist, who will decide whether your varicose vein needs to be treated. Treatment involves sealing the vein off from the rest of the body, so that it can no longer transmit blood. Our leading vein doctors in NY and NJ provide cutting edge, minimally invasive solutions to sealing off your varicose veins, and can help you avoid surgery. Some of the newer treatment options done at the varicose vein clinic include:

  • Sclerotherapy: Injecting an agent into the vein that causes the vein walls to stick together and seal off.
  • Laser ablation: The vein can be destroyed from within using heat generated through laser energy.
  • Radiofrequency thermoablation: This is similar to laser ablation, but uses heat generated from a radiofrequency catheter instead. This is associated with even less discomfort after the procedure. most people go back to work the same day.
  • Venaseal: Literally just an injection of glue into your vein, which seals it off from the rest of your body
  • Clarivein: This is a state of the art, tiny device which is implanted into your vein, and causes it to seal from within.
  • Varithena: An advanced form of sclerotherapy, This method involves injecting a premixed foam into your vein to seal it off.

These options may not be available everywhere. So if you’re looking for convenient solutions to varicose veins, do consult our board certified specialized varicose vein doctors. At our vein treatment clinics, treating this condition is quick, comfortable and hassle-free! Book an appointment today at one of our branches.

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the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
Read more >>

Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
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