Runners & Varicose Veins


We all know exercise boasts many health benefits, including giving your circulation a boost. However, some high-impact exercises can put excess strain on your body—including your veins. Running in particular can put undue stress on your vein health, but don’t worry, you don’t need to rethink your morning run. The vein specialists in Kissimmee at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center are here to help treat veins that are worn down from running.

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Running and Varicose Veins

Does Running Cause Varicose Veins?

For many, a 30-minute run is the perfect cardio to stay in shape. However, this high-impact exercise puts a lot of pressure on your legs, which can cause the vein valves in your legs to break down—and these weakened veins have trouble pushing blood upward against the flow of gravity. Varicose veins or other vein problems can form as a result.

How To Tell If Running Affects Your Vein Health?

Listen to what your legs tell you. Do they feel heavy or restless? Your vein health may be negatively impacted, even if you don’t see any dark, bulging veins. Varicose veins aren’t always visible, so it’s important to pay attention to what you feel rather than just focusing on what you see. If your legs feel abnormal, it’s time to visit a vein specialist.

Seeking Treatment

Some people may be wary of treatment, especially if they’re physically active and have a fully-packed schedule. Luckily, there’s no reason to be concerned about finding time for quality vein care. Long gone are the days of painful vein stripping. Modern, minimally invasive procedures are quick enough to be done during a lunch break—and most patients are back on their feet after the procedure.

Vein treatment may seem like something you can put off, as varicose and spider veins appear to be simply a cosmetic issue. But untreated vein problems can worsen over time, leading to venous ulcers and blood clots. Being proactive in vein care will help ensure that your veins stay healthy—and you can go back to a life free of leg pain and discomfort.

Treatment itself can be as simple as compression stockings, small lifestyle changes, or minimally invasive treatment such as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) or ultrasound-guided vein sclerotherapy. Treatment isn’t “one size fits all,” and our team at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center can work with you to make sure your treatment plan will work best for your vein’s needs.

Schedule a Consultation

If poor vein health is making your daily run a challenge, visit the vein specialists in Kissimmee at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. We’re dedicated to giving you the best treatment possible, from the moment you call to schedule a consultation through post-treatment follow-ups. You can call us at 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to form the best treatment plan possible so you can get back to enjoying your run without leg pain.

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