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Varicose veins and their consequences can adversely affect active lifestyles. If the discomfort of varicose veins or ankle swelling is keeping you out of the game, keep reading to see some solutions.
Thanks to greater awareness and research, new treatment options are constantly being developed. This includes support for individuals with active lifestyles. One of the best vein treatment options available is compression garments designed specifically for sports. Not only do they help prevent vein damage, they also increase muscle performance and slow the onset of fatigue by decreasing the build-up of lactic acid and actually increase muscle perfusion.
Our patients include marathon runners, triathletes, basketball players, martial arts champions and recreational tennis players who hate having to be away from their sport. Schedule an appointment to find out if wearing compression during your physical activities can not only help fight vein disease, but also improve performance.
"I was seeking laser therapy for my legs because I was experiencing aches and pains in my legs along with swelling and bulging veins."
— Stacy M.
Injury to your veins can increase your risk of developing varicose veins, so you need to make sure you protect you vein health with an active lifestyle. It’s important to wear protective gear and take all safety precautions if you play contact sports or have other hobbies that put you at risk for injury. For those with hobbies that include long periods of standing or sitting, it’s important to break up the monotony and periodically change positions and wear graduated compression. That will help relieve the pressure. If compression isn’t possible, try to keep the calf pump active.
There are several steps you can take to improve your vein health and maintain an active lifestyle. These include periodically elevating your legs to relieve pressure and avoiding high heels when you are on your feet for long periods. These shoes eliminate the foot and calf pump, which in turn decreases your venous return. Exercising in water is also a great way to relieve vein pressure while staying active because it is antigravity and gravity is the basic problem.
The team at Vascular Vein Centers takes pride in helping active patients stay healthy. We are all active in sports and fitness and can offer our expertise and experience. All of our VVC locations feature DOC’S SOCKS stores where you can see the latest sport and traditional compression stockings to find something that will support your active lifestyle. Stop by to learn more and get a fitting.
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