Anyone who deals with varicose veins—or the similar, smaller version known as spider veins—knows how frustrating vein problems can be. These twisted, bulging veins can throb, burn, itch, cramp or even swell. Often they require medical treatment. For the one in four American adults who have varicose veins, there are frequently accompanying issues, like skin damage or even blood clots. Are you are noticing symptoms of what could be varicose veins or know you have them and are wondering if exercise is safe? Here is the good news: self-care strategies like exercise can sometimes help.
What Exercise Does for Veins
Exercise may ease the discomforts of varicose veins and keep them from getting worse. How? Even a low-impact exercise, like walking, can have a powerful effect on the body. It encourages blood circulation and gets the blood moving throughout your body. Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time can create vein problems. Regular movement, such as exercise, can actually discourage them. Likewise, exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. This is another way to take pressure off your legs and promote good blood flow.
Other Preventative Strategies
If you are curious about other preventative strategies for vein problems beyond exercise, here are a few possibilities. When combined with a lifestyle of regular movement, these options can potentially prevent the risk of vein issues and help with existing problems.
Keeping weight low
Eating a high-fiber diet
Eating a low-sodium diet
Avoiding high heels
Avoiding tight hosiery
Elevating the legs
Generally speaking, exercise is good for the body and its veins, primarily because it is good for circulation. The more blood gets moving through the body, the better. Patients who are concerned that exercise makes vein problems worse, can try wearing compression stockings during workouts, as well as elevating legs after cooling off.
Why It is So Important to Treat Your Vein Problems
When you have a minor problem with veins in your legs, you might be tempted to delay treatment – but this could actually backfire. The longer you wait, the more time there is for vein problems to worsen. The sooner you see a specialist, the sooner you can get your condition diagnosed and treated.
How Vein Problems Worsen
What may begin as a mere annoyance, over time, those enlarged veins you see beneath the skin can grow into swollen, twisted, painful veins which diminish blood flow. Vein problems might be more subtle with the only signs being swelling and feelings of heaviness and fatigue in the legs.
Why Seek Treatment Early?
When you come to our office with early stage vein issues, we can recommend the best treatment options. Those options can include simple lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss. Other treatments might include sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and laser. Our newest treatment option does not require needles or using compression stockings afterwards.
Call The Vein Institute of Hunterdon today at 908-788-0066 to set up your free exam – and be assured your veins are in good hands!
What Is the Difference between Varicose and Spider Veins?
When you’re talking about those raised, swollen blood vessels often found on the legs, are you talking about varicose veins or spider veins? Or when you have small, red, purple or blue veins that twist and turn all over the skin, which kind or those? Are varicose and spider veins the same thing? How are they different? How are they alike? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at some of the basics of these two types of vein issues and why they matter.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: How They’re Alike
Both of these vein conditions stem from similar root issues. With varicose veins, the problems stems from non-functioning valves of blood vessels. The blood moving through the vein can’t move forward properly so it goes backwards, causing an enlarged vein. Spider veins come from the same issue, although their likelihood can be worsened by conditions like obesity, heredity, pregnancy and menopause.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: How They Differ
Varicose and spider veins have a lot in common, but the main way they differ is in appearance. Varicose veins are raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn beneath the skin. Spider veins, similarly, are smaller blood vessels in various colors, such as red, purple and blue. Additionally, varicose veins can be very painful, while spider veins typically don’t hurt. Spider veins are typically smaller and more superficial, whereas varicose veins are larger and deeper.
Warning Signs of These Conditions
In addition to the visual cues for vein conditions, there are other warning signs. When you’re experiencing some or all of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with varicose or spider veins:
Leg muscle cramps
Throbbing, burning and/or itching sensations in the legs
Tiredness in the legs
Swollen ankles and/or legs
The good news is, whichever of these conditions you’re facing, we have a variety of effective treatments available. Contact us The Vein Institute of Hunterdon to set up a free consultation to look at your veins and determine the best course of treatment. We’ll be happy to serve you!