Is Walking Good for Varicose Veins?

If you have varicose veins, you know how frustrating the symptoms can be: those itchy, painful, visible veins don’t help motivate many to put on a pair of comfortable, cool shorts and take a stroll around the neighborhood. However, this is exactly what you need to improve your venous health. The vein specialists in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center advise that you resist the urge to stay inside this summer. If you’re stuck at a desk all day, it’s even more important to keep moving. Small lifestyle changes can work wonders on varicose veins, and walking is an ideal choice for making those veins less visible, as well as less painful.

(Learn the Basics of Varicose Veins)

Varicose veins are caused by a vein’s inability to properly pump blood upwards through your body. As a result, the blood pools in the lower leg which causes the veins to swell and ache. Veins require proper muscle contraction in order to keep the blood flowing upwards, against the pressure of gravity. This is why walking is a perfect lifestyle choice for great venous health, as it creates the pressure needed for proper blood flow. A daily, brisk walk contracts the muscles that help your veins to circulate blood so that it doesn’t sit uncomfortably in the lower leg.

Venous Health Requires Circulation

Great venous health requires great circulation. Exercise improves your overall circulation, but you don’t need to pick up a gym membership to improve your varicose veins. Instead, put on your walking shoes and walk to the store instead of drive, if it’s close enough to do so. This calming exercise also raises your body’s heart rate, which helps your overall circulation.

What are the benefits of improved circulation? Prevention of more varicose veins. When you improve your body’s circulation, you lessen the chances of forming varicose veins. Keep this in mind after going through a varicose vein treatment procedure, such as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). A walk can keep you in fantastic venous health afterward.

How Does Walking Benefit my Vein Health?

Walking doesn’t only benefit your veins and circulation; it helps your heart as well. Your venous health depends on your heart’s ability to circulate blood through your body. Luckily, frequent brisk walks strengthen the heart which, again, further benefits your circulation. As a result, you can enjoy less painful symptoms from varicose veins. There are other benefits to a strong heart as well. Not only is strengthening your heart imperative for fending off varicose veins, but working toward a healthy heart is also an important step for preventing heart disease.

Contributing Factors Beyond Circulation

While walking should be one of your steps toward improving your venous health, keep in mind that staying cool is also important for venous health. Summer is here in Central Florida and the heat can undo the efforts you take to treating your varicose veins. Pack a water bottle and aim to walk in the early morning or late evening when the sun isn’t at its peak.

Get an Individual Treatment Plan

Make sure to stop by Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center to see the vein specialists of Orlando. Our team is dedicated to creating a treatment plan that will work best for making your legs beautiful and pain-free. After you see us, keep taking those daily walks! Your veins will thank you.


*Reviewed by John D. Horowitz, MD, FACS

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