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Are Varicose Veins Ruining Your Active Lifestyle?

by April Maguire

Remaining active throughout your life is the best way to ensure that you remain as healthy. Unfortunately, people who suffer from varicose veins sometimes find that their activity level is negatively affected. Since venous insufficiency results in less blood getting to where it needs to go, people with this condition often experience pain and discomfort that makes exercise difficult. Moreover, heaviness and limb fatigue is also a common occurrence, which can make working out harder.

So what should you do if varicose veins are keeping you from living the healthy lifestyle you want? Well, the first step is to get treatment to have the varicose veins removed, and depending on the severity of the problem, your doctor may have a preferred treatment option.

Treating Varicose Veins

Nowadays, the two most common forms of treatment are ablation therapy and sclerotherapy. With the former option, your physician will guide a thin wire through the vein that emits heat, either in the form of laser or radiowaves. This heat will cause the vein walls to collapse, destroying the troublesome vein. Alternatively, with sclerotherapy an agitating solution is injected into the veins, which weakens the walls, and the same result is achieved.

Following treatment, physicians typically recommend that patients wear compression stockings. These tightly fighting leg garments will help to ease any discomfort, and they will also help your body to more easily reabsorb the collapsed vein. And once treatment has been performed, most patients find that they can resume an active lifestyle almost immediately.

Staying Fit to Stave Off Varicose Veins

If you've recently gotten treatment for varicose veins or you're hoping to keep these troublesome veins from forming in the first place, then exercise is key. Regular activity will help to keep your circulatory system functioning normally and improve the strength of the valves inside your veins. So it's important to exercise several times per week.

Additionally, if you have a job that requires you to sit for long stretches of the day, make sure that you get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or so. Even short bursts of minimal activity can help to keep the blood in your legs flowing normally.

Also, it's important to remember to circulatory problems don't always have visual symptoms. Some people experience leg pain and limb fatigue even if they don't have visible varicose or spider veins. So if you're dealing with these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your physician and see if they'll perform an ultrasound to make sure you're not suffering from venous insufficiency.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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