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Post-Exercise Leg Pain Could Mean Bad News for Your Veins

by April Maguire

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Vein problems can be difficult to detect early. One of the most common symptoms, however, is leg pain during exercise. For some people, the pain occurs in the middle of the activity, while for others it creeps up within thirty minutes to an hour afterwards. Most of the time, people attribute this pain to muscle strain and chalk it up to a natural part of working out. However, vein experts warn that exercise-induced leg pain could be a sign of potentially serious venous issues.

The Impact of Exercise

Exercise has a tremendous impact on your venous system. When you work out, the veins in your body dilate in order to give your muscles increased oxygen. On the one hand, this increased strain on your veins can be good for your overall vein health; think of it as exercising your veins. On the other hand, if you're suffering from venous insufficiency, the added stress can cause the valves in your veins to fail, causing the blood to flow backwards and leading to varicose veins. Not only that, but venous insufficiency makes it harder for your muscles to receive the oxygen they need, making exercise more strenuous.

Signs of Vein Problems

Typically vein problems occur in the legs. Since these extremities are furthest from the heart, they have to work harder to get used blood back where it goes. So leg pain is a common symptom of venous insufficiency, but there are several others. Swelling, tingling and numbness in the legs can all point to vein problems. Similarly, if your legs feel itchy it could be cause for concern. Then there are the visible signs, such as varicose veins and spider veins. If you have any of these symptoms, it might be a good idea to visit a vein specialist.

Solving Vein Problems

If you experience leg pain after exercise, there are some steps you can take to alleviate the problem. For some people, wearing compression stockings helps to give the veins support and alleviate pain. Alternatively, you could try switching to exercises that don't exacerbate the problem. If running or weightlifting cause your legs to ache, perhaps swimming or biking would be easier. Finally, there are ways to get rid of troublesome veins. Both endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy can eliminate veins where the valves have been weakened or destroyed, allowing your venous system to function more smoothly.

Leg pain should never be ignored. Whether the problem has to do with the veins or is muscular in nature, you should see a doctor to have the symptoms checked out. And if vein issues are the culprit, there are simple, sure-fire ways of solving the problem.

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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