Can Running Cause Varicose Veins?

November 20, 2017 • jake • Blog

Running may cause varicose veins or spider veins, depending on how much running you do, on what type of surface, and your level of natural susceptibility to (risk of) developing varicose veins. If your family members have a tendency to develop varicose veins, you may be more likely to get them yourself. In that case, you could develop more varicose veins, and sooner, than runners who don’t have a family history of leg vein disease.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are caused by pressure on the veins and malfunctioning or weak vein valves, and running can contribute to the problem. This doesn’t mean you should avoid running completely. After all, there are many other factors that contribute to the development of varicose or spider veins, even the clothing you wear in everyday life. Instead, seek advice from your local vein doctor in NJ about how to maintain vein health. The best news: vein treatment is typically quick and nearly pain-free. 

Can I Prevent Varicose or Spider Veins?

You may be able to prevent or delay the development of vein problems. You can do this by:

  • Varying your exercise routine to include less running and more swimming or other lower impact sports.
  • Wear supportive shoes when running.
  • Run on a forgiving surface. Avoid asphalt streets and sidewalks in favor of grassy areas or a purpose-built running track, like at your gym. These tracks may be designed to absorb some impact and create less leg pressure when running.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat to avoid exposure (and help prevent spider veins).
  • When at work or in a sedentary environment, vary sitting with standing and walking.
  • Eat a good diet with plenty of fiber so that you don’t strain during bowel movements, which can cause leg pressure and circulation problems.
  • Avoid high heel shoes or shoes that pinch your toes, especially for long periods of time.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Especially avoid tight clothing at the waist or thighs, which can cut off circulation to the lower body and cause pressure on veins. Don’t wear a tight belt or choose one with stretch. Don’t wear clothing that is too small or feels uncomfortable in any way.
  • Get a regular exam and vein checkup at our MT vein center. We can offer you individualized advice tailored to your specific medical history and lifestyle habits to help you avoid future leg vein disease.

Get Expert Vein Treatment and Advice on Preventing Varicose Veins in Missoula

At the Bellamah Vein Center in Missoula, Montana, we help you maintain your vein health and minimize your chances of developing varicose veins. Complete prevention is often impossible as we age, but our MT vein center can provide personalized prevention tips and offer expert treatment to banish any varicose or spider veins that you have. Call us at (406) 203-1866 today.

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